The Buffalo City Council, at their last meeting, discussed with Mayor Randy Dyess the latest report he received on Internet Data Centers from a company hired to study the feasibility of locating these centers in Wyoming.
Earlier this year, Dyess attended a conference on the centers and realized Buffalo has the requirements to attract medium to small data centers.
He explained to the council what the data centers are.
According to Dyess, Joe Sharkey, with TMG Global Consultancy, was hired by the state to study fiber optics and possible places where these data centers could be located.
Recently, he completed a study for Gillette, Sheridan and Buffalo, finding both positive and negative aspects with the area.
The area has high-speed internet with ACT fiber optics, but not a looped fiber system, but there is “green” power with Buffalo's hydroelectric plant, 100 megawatts of unused power available and relatively cheap power in the region.
The three cities in northeast Wyoming are looking into the possibility of constructing a “backbone of fiber optics” from Cheyenne to Billings, Montana which would open up the eastern half of Wyoming for use by the data centers.
The state, three cities, the Wyoming Business Council and other entities will be looking into possible funding and other resources to identify the feasibility of the project.
Dyess said a full report from TMG Global will be released in the next few weeks.