ACT Presents on 'Unified Network' at Forum

Sen. Dave Kinskey at the Legislative Forum. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.
Sen. Dave Kinskey at the Legislative Forum. Photo by Hannah Stepenoff.

Day two of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee Legislative Forum held Tuesday at the Sheridan City Hall featured presentations from local organizations and businesses to state legislators.

The day began with a presentation from a representative for the Sheridan-based company Advanced Communication Technology or ACT. Manager Aaron Sopko came before the group of legislators to discuss broadband expansion across the state through the newly established Unified Network project, a $15 million initiative that involves providing high-speed ethernet to all counties in the state by 2015.

In his presentation, Sopko said almost 50 schools and numerous businesses across the state are already benefiting from the increased internet speed.

Rep. Rosie Berger asked about Sopko his opinions on what legislators should consider when rewriting the Wyoming Telecommunication Act, which expires in 2015, in relation to broadband use.

Sopko also told the legislators that ACT is now working on opening the interstate “right of way” or spreading fiber pipe lines across neighboring state borders with approval from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

He said the hope is extend the pipe to Colorado and Nebraska, extending the realm of the company's services.

Legislators at the forum included Wyoming Sens. Dave Kinskey and Bruce Burns, as well as Reps. Mark Jennings, Rosie Berger and John Patton. Expect to hear more about participating organizations' presentations during the forum in the coming days.

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