More Broadband Internet Access for Wyoming Students

CenturyLink (formely Qwest) workers work at a terminal box outside Woodland Park elementary Thursday. (Photo by Stan Woinoski)
CenturyLink (formely Qwest) workers work at a terminal box outside Woodland Park elementary Thursday. (Photo by Stan Woinoski)

Two-thirds of Wyoming's 88,165 students will soon have Ethernet broadband access, thanks to an agreement between the State of Wyoming and CenturyLink, according to a release from the governor's office Thursday.

Gov. Matt Mead says this has been a joint effort between his office and the Wyoming Dept. of Education and State Superintendent Cindy Hill.

The state will pay $1.8 million in the deal. Prior to this, only 27 percent of students in Wyoming had Broadband access. Mead has stressed Internet connectivity improvements since taking office, he said in the release that he will continue to do so.

Sheridan and Buffalo are two of the towns the agreement will provide access to. CenturyLink workers could be seen beginning work at Woodland Park Elementary Thursday afternoon.

Others towns are Laramie, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Jackson Riverton, Lander, Cody, Douglas, Gillette, Glenrock, and Green River. Cheyenne and Casper already have it, according to the release.

Vice president of CenturyLink, Jeff Waters, said in the release that education is a key focus for their company because it helps develop “prosperous communities”.

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