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The LinkWYOMING Initiative

Welcome to the LinkWYOMING website. Here you’ll find important news and resources related to our mapping and planning efforts.

Feel free to visit our site often for the latest in broadband-related news and resources.

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Our Role in Addressing Broadband Challenges and Solutions

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  • Governor Matt Mead's third annual State of Wyoming Broadband Summit was held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne.

    Click here to view a video invitation from Governor Mead, read more about the Summit and (coming soon) view recordings of the Summit sessions.

  • "In Wyoming, Governor Matt Mead is a strong supporter of efforts to improve broadband access in the state as a way to support technological innovation and economic opportunity and diversity. The Wyoming Unified Network is a statewide initiative, in partnership with internet service providers, to jumpstart this innovation by increasing the broadband capacity in state agencies and schools, including school districts and community colleges."

    Click here to download "Leveraging Investment in Broadband: What Communities in Wyoming Can Do," a whitepaper published in October 2014 by LinkWYOMING and partner ICF International.

  • "The whirlwind rise of sophisticated mobile devices and high-speed wireless networks is transforming the Internet and how our society interacts with it. Americans are rapidly embracing mobile technologies and the opportunities they create. In fact, adoption of mobile Internet is proceeding faster than earlier technologies, including the television."

    Click here to view this informative report published by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in October 2014.

  • LinkWYOMING and program partners recently presented two informative webinars:
  1. Broadband Funding Opportunities for Idaho and Wyoming Communities | Broadcast September 30
  2. Feasibility of Gigabit-Speed Networks in Wyoming Communities | Broadcast October 16

Click here to read more, download presentation slides and webinar transcripts, and view recorded webinars.

  • The LinkWYOMING team thanks you for your continued support of mobile broadband testing across Wyoming!

    The developers of the LinkWYOMING Mobile and Drive Test apps, Mobile Pulse, would like to reiterate the functionality in the app to limit the amount of data that the app uses on your devices.

    Please read the letter from Mobile Pulse by clicking here or on the image of the letter above regarding this reminder.

    If you have any questions regarding data usage, please send an email to the Mobile Pulse team.

  • “We want to diversify our economy. In order to continue to expand the workforce and keep Wyoming students in the state, we have to increase broadband capacity.”

    Read more about the efforts taking place to upgrade broadband capacity to 100 gigabits in the Government Technology article of June 9, 2014, "Wyoming’s State Broadband Gets Huge Speed Boost." This project, a part of the Governor's initiative to improve quality of life, will benefit state agencies and schools, and will act as a catalyst for economic growth and development.

    Read the Wyoming Tribune Eagle article of June 18, 2014, "Schools, state to get lightning-fast Internet | Consumers, businesses could also benefit from $15M upgrade."

    Read the June 24, 2014, article, "New fiber optic line planned from Casper to Colorado."

  • The LinkWYOMING team needs your help!

    LinkWYOMING has launched a crowd-sourcing project to analyze mobile broadband performance across the state with special interest in rural areas. The goal of the project is to identify locations where broadband coverage for mobile devices needs to be improved.

    LinkWYOMING hopes you will join the effort by simply downloading the free network testing app on your smart phone or tablet to ensure your neighborhood is tested. You can find the app in the Apple Store and in Google Play by searching for “linkwyoming”. The more we can learn about problematic network areas, the better we are able to address them.

    Read more, download the app, and learn how the app helps you and state planners.

  • Funding for LinkWYOMING

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 made funding possible for broadband projects, including mapping and planning, infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable adoption programs. States' broadband mapping and planning projects are made possible through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program, formerly known as State Broadband Data and Development (SBDD).

    In Nov. 2009, Wyoming received an approximately $1.8 million grant to fund the State's SBDD project years 1-2. An additional $2.36 million grant was awarded in Sept. 2010 to fund project years 3-5.

    This project serves as a catalyst for increased access to and use of broadband to better serve our citizens. With ubiquitous broadband, we can realize improved economic development, access to education and health care, enhanced public safety, improved government efficiencies, increased tourism, greater access to telework opportunities and more.

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    Why LinkWYOMING?

    Through initial research, we understand there are many reasons Wyoming residents do not use broadband. Perhaps the most commonly cited barrier is access: broadband must be available in order to adopt it. Where broadband is available, barriers to adopting it include high subscription costs, lack of broadband-ready devices, low awareness of broadband uses and concerns about privacy and security on the Internet. Through community collaboration and regional planning, this project will address these issues and many more.

    In order to address expansion of this technology, we must first have a clear picture of where broadband currently exists in the state, and thus where our gaps in coverage are. Following a thorough assessment and inventory of key Wyoming assets, we have developed an online, interactive mapping tool revealing our broadband footprint. The state mapping tool displays a detailed footprint of broadband coverage by technology type and speed in both rural and urban areas throughout the state and provides consumers with links to individual broadband providers in their area. Data collected for the LinkWYOMING maps is provided to NTIA for inclusion in the National Broadband Map.

    While consumers may use this content to identify and order broadband services, it is equally important for policymakers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Policymakers can identify and address barriers to expansion. ISPs can identify gaps in coverage and an estimated cost to fill them.

    Prior to developing this mapping tool, we were unable to accurately articulate the levels of current and future demand for broadband services for Wyoming businesses, households and community anchor institutions. By collecting and analyzing market data, we are able to profile county-specific broadband service demands and complete a geographic analysis of that demand relative to available infrastructure.

    Another challenge LinkWYOMING addressed was the absence of coordinated regional leadership to plan and implement local sustainable adoption. Beginning late 2010, we facilitated regional teams to develop effective, local strategies and regional broadband plans.

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    Our Role in Addressing Broadband Challenges and Solutions

    LinkWYOMING is not intended to replace or compete with other broadband efforts in our state, but rather to identify and work with new and existing projects that share our goal. Through collaboration, we can finally realize greater access to and use of broadband technologies to improve business opportunities and the quality of life for all residents of Wyoming.

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