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Wyoming is known for its rurality. Unfortunately, this rurality means that much of Wyoming is underserved for internet connectivity. But All West Communications has received a grant from the USDA's ReConnect Program to try to fix that.

Savannah Maher

Northern Arapaho Tribal Industries has secured $4.1 million in federal funding to expand broadband access on the Wind River Reservation over the next decade.

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A new publicly generated map hopes to provide better data on internet speed in the state. The Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming GIS department partnered up to create a tool that is more detailed than the federal data collected in the state.

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Chances are good that you don't know exactly how fast your internet is. But Victoria Merinda said, "It's really one of those things that I think everyone should kind of know—how much internet they have."

Melodie Edwards

It's dumping rain the day Patrick Lawson gives me a tour around Wind River Internet's warehouse. Through an open garage door, you can see giant yellow spools of fiber optics lines. He points out a pile of orange plastic signs.

Savannah Maher

Powwow season on the Wind River Reservation kicks off this weekend with the 60th annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days. This year, for the first time, visitors will have access to WiFi at the event.

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Wi-Fi can be hard to find in the rural parts of our region. In fact, about six in ten rural Americans believe access to high-speed internet is a problem where they live. But that might change. Today the Department of Interior announced a new effort to increase access to broadband on federal lands.

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Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr sees accessible, affordable, high-speed broadband as critical to the city's prosperity and future. Back in January, she announced the formation of a broadband task force. The City Council recently adopted a resolution drafted by the task force following several months of research.

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The Wyoming Business Council has hired Russell Elliott as Broadband Manager for the state of Wyoming. Elliott previously worked in telecommunications in New Mexico and Colorado.

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The Wyoming Broadband Advisory Council meets for the first time next week. The Wyoming Legislature created the council during the 2018 session as a part of an effort to increase access to high-speed internet in unserved areas of the state.

The Federal Communications Commission starts dismantling net neutrality regulations on April 23, 2018. That could mean when you’re watching that next episode of ‘The Crown” it could buffer endlessly or not. No one really knows yet.  

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The Wyoming House of Representatives gave initial support to a pair of bills focused on improving Wyoming’s economy. 

The bills would help bring high-speed broadband to more areas of the state and start to find ways to improve air service in Wyoming. Some House members were skeptical about the need to eventually spend $15 million on air service, but House Majority Leader David Miller told a few horror stories about getting major business leaders to Riverton. 

Miller said service gets canceled and flights are delayed on a consistent basis.

Several remote communities in the state will be able to receive better internet service in the near future.  Visionary Communications has announced a plan to expand its fiber optic line to connect the towns of Chugwater, Guernsey, Pinedale and Torrington to the rest of the state.