Windstream begins broadband stimulus project build in New Mexico

Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) has begun construction on its latest broadband stimulus project in Ruidoso, N.M. to extend broadband into a hard to reach area of the state.

Like other projects it started recently in Oklahoma and South Carolina, the telco said it would not have been able to justify the investment in this area of New Mexico without the government's financial aid.  

Again, the project is set on serving a small amount of customers.

John Hanners, a local manager for Windstream in New Mexico, said the project will make its broadband services "available to approximately 340 potential customers."

Arguably, the service provider has been the most conservative out of the broadband stimulus winners, focusing initially on smaller projects to expand its broadband footprint. It is now in the process of beginning work in all 13 states on various projects where it won grants from the U.S. Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service.

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