Broadband

Access to high-quality business and residential broadband is essential to developing, growing and attracting businesses, improving academic performance, supporting healthcare, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, attracting investment, educating the workforce of the future, quality of life, and improving Wyoming’s position as a global competitor.

The Federal Communications Commission has established that “advanced telecommunications capability” requires access to download speeds of at least 25 Mbps and upload speeds of at least 3 Mbps.

Residents of rural Wyoming areas are limited by access, with an average download speed of just 17 Mbps.

During the 2018 legislative session, Gov. Matt Mead signed into law SEA No. 0036, which handed the Business Council new tools to fulfill that mission. The law provided $10 million to establish a broadband infrastructure grant fund and $350,000 to establish a broadband coordinator position at the Business Council and a Broadband Advisory Council to oversee the agency's efforts.

The Business Council, in conjunction with the ENDOW Executive Council, Governor and the Broadband Advisory Council, will develop and adopt a broadband funding program and a state broadband enhancement plan by Sept. 1.

Stay tuned to this page for updates in the coming months.

The Broadband Advisory Council comprises 11 members from different background and different areas throughout the state.

The 11 members are:

Zane Logan, city administrator, Powell

Ashley Harpstreith, Goshen County Economic Development, Torrington

Chad Rupe, USDA Rural Development, Douglas

Randy Miller, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Cheyenne

Lauren Schoenfeld, Sweetwater County YWCA, Rock Springs

Patrick Adam Lawson, Northern Arapaho Tribal Industries, Riverton

Barbara Sessions, Silver Star Communications, Afton

Erik Rasmussen, Charter Communications, Cheyenne

Doug Wilson, Powder River Energy Corporation, Sundance

Tyler Vasko, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington

Tony Young, State Chief Information Officer, Cheyenne

State Rep. Albert Sommers, of Pinedale, and State Sen. Dan Dockstader, of Star Valley, are legislative liaisons to the Advisory Council.

The public is encouraged to comment on the Broadband Enhancement Draft Plan by Monday, Aug. 20.

A final plan is due to the Wyoming Legislature and Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming executive council by Sept. 1.

Read the draft plan here.