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Gordon announces $70.5M broadband expansion

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(The Center Square) – A plan to spend $70.5 million in federal money for broadband internet expansion in Wyoming is historic, according to Gov. Mark Gordon.

“This is the single-largest broadband investment in Wyoming history,” Gordon said.

The governor is recommending that the funding, which comes from the federal American Rescue Plan Act’s Coronavirus Capital Projects Funds, 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.”

According to the governor’s office, all projects must be completed by the end of 2026.

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