Wyoming Business Council has meeting Monday to discuss the rules of broadband

Published: Jul. 12, 2021 at 9:43 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Business Council board of directors will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 12, to consider rule-making actions related to the broadband development grant program.

The business council meeting held Monday will respond to the Wyoming 2021, SF76 legislation bill, and to set out the rules of engagement for the Wyoming broadband program.

They will also be defining the rules on confidentiality, data handling by providers and business council, and what will be classified as private and public information.

Chapters 1 and 2 are directly about the grant program. In contrast, chapter 3 concerns confidentiality, the emergency rules that need to be met by Sept. 1 and the public hearing.

“We’re going to take a lot of cues from the efforts in D.C., some private efforts, as well as some existing Wyoming state efforts. You’ll start seeing a lot more advertisements and requests for public engagement on that crowd source platform,” said Ryan Kudera-broadband manager of Wyoming Business Council.

They will continue to run speed map tests for upload and download on WyomingBBMap.org across the state.

When students return to school, there will be a K-12 survey to help the board understand Wyoming’s broadband speeds, capacity and how to better serve students.

“It’s also going to help us understand how to better help serve our students. In getting them devices and engagement to where we can continue to move forward with the upcoming digital world on a K-12 platform,” said Kudera.

Gov. Mark Gordon has also decided to place 200-thousand dollars of the remaining cares act funding to help build Wyoming’s broadband map.

" Ultimately it’s just going to help broadband across Wyoming as we build it out further. Defining how things look from a state level. As we deploy the millions of dollars available to us through A.R.P., through the state grant program and continue our engagement in D.C. As we try and build out in the smallest state in the nation,” said Kudera.

Helping to put Wyoming on track for being the leader in publicly available broadband information.

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