Broadband Development Grant pre-application and proposed definitions available now
The pre-application form for the Wyoming Broadband Development Grant program is available now.
In order to qualify for this grant fund, project managers must be able to demonstrate a community or location is currently unserved and provide documentation from area providers or a sample of speed tests that can prove speeds.
In addition, the Wyoming Broadband Development Grant Program is proposing administrative rules and defining key terms as it prepares to review grant applications to expand access to broadband service in unserved areas of the state.
The proposed definitions are:
Eligible applicants -- A city, town, county or joint powers board
Unserved area -- An area with no broadband offering or a broadband offering that only offers maximum download speed of 10Mb and 1Mb upload for residential areas and/or 25Mb and 3Mb upload in a business corridor
Adequate consideration -- The price stipulation within a contract that establishes equivalence in the exchange of value in the form of money, goods or services; any exchange of value that is deemed not to be adequate could render the contract unenforceable
Business corridor -- an area where multiple businesses are, or have undertaken permitting, construction or other substantial steps to be, located in proximity to each other such that the provision of broadband services at the speeds specified is technologically and economically feasible
The public may view the proposed rules and definitions and submit comments through that page or by emailing Russ Elliott, Broadband Manager, at email@example.com by Nov. 30.
The 2018 Wyoming Legislature tasked the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s economic development agency, with overseeing the expansion and improvement of broadband in Wyoming. That legislation included funding for broadband infrastructure grants.
For more information, visit wyomingbusiness.org/broadband.