Answers to NMTC's Mayoral Candidate Forum held on August 17, 2017:

To the tech and small business community members who attended our Mayoral Candidate Forum on August 17, 2017:
My name is Lisa Adkins and I moderated the tech and small business Mayoral Candidate Forum held at FatPipe ABQ the evening of August 17, 2017. We had a fabulous turnout with 7 of the 8 candidates participating in the forum and about 200 audience members.
Our theme and format meant to be inclusive of our tech and small business community and we allowed attendees to drop their question in a bucket for the mayoral candidates. Like all the forums being held in our city this summer, there were more questions than could be answered in a single two-hour session.
Before we broke for the evening, I asked the candidates if they would be willing to respond to ALL of our questions if I typed them off and sent to each of them. We seemed to have agreement, so I took on the task of compiling our questions and sent them to each campaign. We requested answers by September 8, knowing it was a near impossible task with the campaign trail in front of them.
I’m happy to report that we got answers from three of the mayoral candidates and we will share them with you HERE. In the linked document, you’ll find answers to our questions from Tim Keller, Brian Colón and Gus Pedrotty. No other candidates responded to our request.
We hope everyone takes the time to vote for our next mayor. The continuity of our efforts in our local ecosystem is imperative and we can’t complain unless we take action to vote. Early voting is already open (find location here: and the Albuquerque Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.
Happy reading!!
Lisa J. Adkins
COO & Director, FatPipe ABQ & The BioScience Center
COO & Cofounder, Ingenuity Software Labs, Inc.

2017-09-25T12:10:04+00:00September 25th, 2017|

Senator Heinrich Seeks Input, Engagement with FCC; FCC Chairman to Visit

US Senator Martin Heinrich has sponsored “Net Neutraility” Legislation and is inviting the tech business community – and wider public – to provide our thoughts and feedback on these important issues. Read the press release below and contact him here:

In related news, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will be in New Mexico this coming Monday for a roundtable discussion with State Senator Jacob Candelaria and local youth about “net neutrality, telehealth, prison phones, rural broadband access, improved internet in schools and libraries, Lifeline, and the recent telecommunications mergers.” Read more here and sign up for the event here:


For Immediate Release 
Date: June 23, 2014
Contact: Whitney Potter (202) 228-1578

Heinrich Cosponsors Net Neutrality Legislation; Urges FCC Chairman To Hold Hearings To Hear Directly From New Mexicans About Open Internet Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2014) – In an effort to ensure an open Internet, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored S. 2476, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish rules that prohibit preferential treatment or prioritization of Internet traffic. The legislation would ensure that start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and consumers can access all content on the Internet equally.

“New Mexicans have made it clear that they want to protect net neutrality,” said Sen. Heinrich. “The Internet must remain open and conducive to free expression, innovation, and competition, not a tiered system based on financial relationships with Internet service providers. It is important that the FCC prohibit providers from discriminating against small businesses in order to ensure that competition is preserved and consumer protections are strengthened.”

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Proposal (NPRM) seeking public comments on how best to restore the Open Internet rules that were struck down by the D.C. Circuit earlier this year.  One of the questions that the FCC poses in its NPRM is whether certain practices, such as paid prioritization, should be banned entirely.

Senator Heinrich, a strong proponent of net neutrality, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the Commission to hold a series of field hearings in New Mexico and across the country on the new Open Internet rules.

The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, which was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), member of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, would require the FCC to prohibit paid prioritization agreements between Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) and content providers on the last mile Internet connection, the connection between the ISP and the consumer.  In addition, it would prohibit broadband providers from prioritizing or otherwise giving preferential treatment to its own last mile Internet traffic or the traffic of its affiliates over the traffic of others.

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2014-06-26T09:23:30+00:00June 26th, 2014|

NMTC Education & Policy: Please Complete our Survey!

The New Mexico Technology Council’s Education Committee has been working to identify the areas that are most interesting to our members – and where we can have the most impact. Can you help? 

The NMTC Education Committee is seeking your opinion on what education issues are most important to you and your business.  Your input is critical; please consider completing this short survey.  The Education Committee will use your responses to help develop its objectives and agenda in the coming months.  Please submit your responses by the survey close date, September 29, 2012.


Jamai Blivin (Chair), Eric Renz-Whitmore, Glenn Perkal, Judie Youngman, Caren Shiozaki, Barbara Lopez, Sheri Clark, Terri Nikole Baca and Lisa J. Adkins

 Find the survey HERE or simply complete the popup survey right now! 





2012-09-24T13:23:04+00:00September 24th, 2012|