Ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned this Friday to celebrate this historic achievement in New Mexico

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. and RALEIGH, N.C. (June 6, 2013) – NeoNova Network Services and Sacred Wind Communications will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Paraje Village, to celebrate the launch of the Laguna Pueblo Broadband Network in New Mexico.

The Laguna Pueblo Broadband Network is a comprehensive telecommunications system comprised of fiber-optic circuits, fixed wireless towers, and equipment that provides broadband and other high-speed Internet services to every home and building in the six villages of Laguna Pueblo. The $3.3 million total project was made possible through six coordinated Community Connect Grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s RUS Broadband Initiatives Program .

Laguna Pueblo Gov. Richard Luarkie will kick off the ribbon-cutting event on Friday which also will include key dignitaries such as New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Theresa Becenti-Aguilar and a delegate from the office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall.

Sacred Wind Communications managed the construction of the network, and Sacred Wind Telesolutions will serve as the Internet Service Provider while mentoring the Pueblo’s Utility Authority. NeoNova, one of several public, private and non-profit entities involved in making the network possible, will provide subscriber services, network management, and professional services for the network.

The Laguna Pueblo is a Native American tribe of the Western Keresan Pueblo people. It is located in West-Central New Mexico and is home to approximately 8,000 people. Sacred Wind not only will serve as the Internet Service Provider, but the company also plans to provide internet use education for adults at locations throughout the village in classrooms donated by Albuquerque Public Schools.

“Sacred Wind is pleased and honored to be a part of Laguna’s telecommunications and information future,“ said John Badal, CEO of Sacred Wind Communications. “The Pueblo has waited a long time for such advanced services, and it is only with the financial assistance of the federal government and the expertise of such folks as those at NeoNova that this system could be developed.”

NeoNova will provide Sacred Wind with a number of ISP solutions including Google Apps and other end-user applications administered through the NovaAdmin provisioning platform. The programs are designed to enhance the benefits of communication and collaboration, through the cloud, by combining high-end technology with premium customer support so residents of the Laguna Pueblo community can have superior broadband access and services.

“NeoNova is honored to help build a more vibrant community by exercising our core competency of servicing local ISPs,” said NeoNova CEO Ray Carey. “We are proud to be a part of Sacred Wind’s creative web of public, private and community partners, who passionately desire to enhance the Laguna Pueblo community from both an economic development and educational perspective.”


About Sacred Wind Communications

Sacred Wind Communications is a privately owned, New Mexico-based company, dedicated to improve telecommunications services to rural areas within New Mexico. In 2006, it purchased from Qwest Corporation its local telephone facilities serving portions of Navajo lands and nearby Navajo lands in the northwestern, Four Corners, and Canoncito areas of the state. Operating one of the largest fixed wireless systems in the country for the delivery of voice and broadband, Sacred Wind has developed a model for the more remote areas of the West. It was voted “The Most Inspiring Small Business in America” as part of a national contest in 2009 sponsored by AMEX and NBC Universal. Visit www.sacredwindcommunications.com.

About NeoNova Network Services

NeoNova empowers rural and regional broadband providers, technology partners and small businesses with 21st century cloud-based technologies. We help service providers and businesses grow by delivering a wide array of subscriber, network management, and professional services leveraged by a powerful service delivery platform and backed by the industry’s top professionals. NeoNova also is an authorized premier reseller of the Google Apps™ suite of communication tools. Visit www.neonova.net, Facebook or Google+, and follow @NeoNova_NNS.

Editorial Contacts

RJ Moshay: NeoNova Network Services: (919) 473.5068 or rjmoshay@neonova.net

Noah Garrett: NGC Communications for NeoNova: (252) 423.1277 or noah@thinkngc.com

Sacred Wind Contact: John Badal (505) 821.5080 or jbadal@sacred-wind.com