Wyoming Officials Mark Improved Statewide Internet Service

Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and other officials say the state has emerged as a national leader in providing improved Internet access to schools and communities.

Mead spoke Thursday at the state’s fourth annual Broadband Summit in Cheyenne.

Mead lauded the recent installation of large-capacity Internet lines, called the unified network, around Wyoming. He says the network will be increasingly important in luring high-tech industries to the state and allowing rural residents to take advantage of advances in health care over computer systems.

Flint Waters is Wyoming’s chief information officer. Waters says Internet service at Wyoming’s K-12 schools already exceeds recent White House recommendations for what schools should achieve nationwide.

Waters says the unified network has helped Wyoming to attract businesses such as Microsoft to build facilities in the state.