Press Release

Rio Rancho, New Mexico – November 22, 2022 – Sparklight®, a leading broadband communications provider, is on schedule to complete a $10 million upgrade to its robust, fiber-rich network in Rio Rancho by Spring 2023.

Sparklight began construction on the $10 million infrastructure upgrade last fall. The project will further strengthen the reliability of Sparklight’s high-speed internet service, while building a future-proof network to meet the long-term connectivity needs of the rapidly growing Rio Rancho community.

“An investment of this size truly demonstrates Sparklight’s commitment to delivering fast and reliable internet to our residential and business customers,” said Richard Estrada, Sparklight’s Rio Rancho General Manager. “Our teams are working hard to complete this project so that we can continue to stay ahead of our customers’ evolving digital needs with a robust, state-of-the-art network.”

Sparklight launched 1 Gig internet service to Rio Rancho residential customers in 2017, and in 2018 launched 2 Gig symmetrical internet speeds to business customers. The current infrastructure upgrade paves the way for faster download and upload speeds, enhanced streaming and gaming and uninterrupted connections in multi-device homes, Estrada said.

Work on the Rio Rancho infrastructure upgrade is projected to be complete by spring 2023. The company anticipates the possibility of intermittent service interruptions during construction. Notification will be sent to customers prior to work being conducted in their area. An up-to-date construction list is also available online at

“We greatly appreciate the level of support that we have received from the City of Rio Rancho as well as the continued patience and cooperation of our fellow community members as we work to enhance services throughout the area,” Estrada said.

With investments of nearly $950 million over the past three years across its footprint, the company is laying the groundwork to launch speeds as fast as 10 Gigabits (10G) and beyond. Delivering speed 10 times faster than today’s networks, 10G will transform the customer experience, creating new possibilities for smart cities, connected homes, virtual and augmented reality and business.

PC Magazine recently ranked Sparklight on the list of the top 10 Fastest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the nation for the second consecutive year. The leader for rigorous, labs-based comparative reviews of internet products, PC Magazine tested ISPs across the country based on upload and download speeds via PCMag Speedtest from June 1, 2021, to June 7, 2022. Earlier this year, Sparklight was named among the top 10 on PC Magazine’s Best Gaming ISPs list for 2022.

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