Wyoming Governor Announces $70.5M Broadband Expansion
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has announced a plan to spend $70.5 million in federal money for broadband internet expansion in Wyoming.
It is historic, according to Gov. Mark Gordon.
“This is the single-largest broadband investment in Wyoming history,” Gordon said.
The money comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act's Coronavirus Capital Projects Funds, which will go toward 32 projects.
“These federal funds will ensure Wyoming communities and businesses that currently lack access to high-quality internet will be equipped with the modern infrastructure they need to access critical services,” he added.
Wyoming’s Business Council Broadband Office will distribute the funds.
We received a number of excellent applications from internet service providers across Wyoming and these awards enhance connectivity in all corners of the state, Wyoming Business Council CEO Josh Dorrell said in a press release.
These are big, complex projects that will help us build local capacity and create more opportunities for the people of Wyoming to learn, do business, and enjoy a higher quality of life.
Others don't like the idea of spending this money, even if it is allocated because it was borrowed against the nation's already massive debt.
At this point, the Federal Government is borrowing money just to pay the interest on the debt, and not paying down the principal. Yet, the feds continue to borrow more.
Other objections include those who believe that the internet should be a private sector venture, like cell phones, and that the government, on any level, should stay out of it.
According to the governor’s office, all projects must be completed by the end of 2026.
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