ConnectWyoming

Gov. Mark Gordon seeks to utilize Federal CARES Act dollars to fund broadband capabilities across Wyoming. 

Broadband providers are encouraged to submit proposals that will address unserved and underserved areas of Wyoming.

An “unserved area” is an area in which there exists no fixed terrestrial broadband service, or in which the maximum fixed terrestrial broadband speed available are:

- to residential customers:
     - speeds less than 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload

- to business corridors within a municipality:     
     - for a population of 2,000 or less, speeds less than 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload
     - for a population of 2,000 or more, speeds less than 50 megabits per second download and 5 megabits per second upload 

- to business corridors in an unincorporated area of a county:
     - 
speeds less than 25 megabits per second download and 3 megabits per second upload

“Underserved areas” are:
     - areas of opportunity to be seized between the well-defined speeds of served and unserved as well as other issues related to redundancy, quality of service, affordability and customer satisfaction that need to be addressed to fulfill our mission, make our vision a reality and fully achieve our moonshot.  

Middle-mile and redundant fiber routes will also be a priority.

Proposals are due by 8 a.m. on July 27, 2020.

Projects that meet the needs of Wyoming will be selected and notified by August 7. Providers will have until December 31, 2020, to complete the proposed projects.

Providers should register as a vendor with the State Auditor's Office if not currently registered.

Questions and applications maybe submitted to wbc-broadband@wyo.gov.

 

What information about internet service providers applying for grants will be public on the state website?  

On the ConnectWyoming site you will see a static list of awardees, the county of proposed service area, and awarded amounts. 

On the Wyobbmap site – Proposed service area, and current service area as allowed.  

Can easement acquisition be included with the permitting category? 

Yes. 

Where do we send the .shp or .kml files.  Do you need any information in addition to this? 

.shp files are preferred. Please contact WYCKOFF@uwyo.edu to set up an account and login to upload your information the WyGISC.  

Please provide clarification on scoring. 

Highest scoring is for longest lasting solution, such as FTTx ; then the hybrid solution, fiber backhaul to the tower; finally fixed wireless backhaul with fixed wireless to the premises. 

For scoring purposes- what matters more, the total price, the match by the carrier, the total amount of grant sought?  

Total project costs will be reviewed for realistic expenses, while considering the incurrences considering the short deliverables.  

Proposals that include matching funding may score higher as demonstrated by the willingness of the carrier to include their own funding into the project.  

What happens if the project is not completed by Dec. 31?

We are aware of the constraints, and we are asking providers to finish projects as soon as possible. 

Will the state seek reimbursement from the carrier? 

The State of Wyoming reserves the right to recapture funding if contractual agreements are not met. 

Can you provide copies of the contract and the certification, and any other document that requires signature from an applicant? 

The certification is at https://www.wyomingbusiness.org/connectwyoming 

Contracts are on a project basis and will be delivered individually to carriers.  

Is there a challenge process?  If so, please explain how it will work.  If not, how will overbuilding of served areas be prevented? 

Overbuilding in this program will be by mapping data requested and provided by the carriers. Applicants are required to submit a .shp or .kml file of their current service area. 

Specifically, how will this this information be used? 

This information will be utilized to prove or disprove coverage areas.  

Specifically, what information will be made public? 

It is our preference that coverage areas be made public, but it is the carrier’s decision. 

Are you willing to sign an NDA with providers to ensure this information is not misused by competitors? 

An NDA is viable for proprietary or confidential data, identified public data would not be subject to NDA and its usage would not be assured.    

Is an applicant required to provide a match, or can an applicant apply for a grant in the amount of 100% of the total project cost? 

This is outlined within the guidelines at https://www.wyomingbusiness.org/connectwyoming 

If a successful applicant is not able to complete a project due to weather, natural disaster or other unforeseen circumstances that are not the fault of the carrier, will the carrier be required to repay funds? 

We are aware of the constraints, and we are asking carriers to finish projects as soon as possible. 

The State of Wyoming reserves the right to recapture funding if contractual agreements are not met.