The Wyoming Legislature must bring Internet access to everyone in Wyoming so our kids can learn, our seniors can see their doctors and our economy can be strong.
The Internet connection gap is hitting Cheyenne families hard during the coronavirus pandemic, and makes it clear that more work lies ahead for Wyoming.
In the age of coronavirus, subpar Internet means parents must choose between family health and children’s education, and seniors who can’t see their doctor online must go to the office and risk getting sick. In order for Wyoming to diversify its economy and compete for jobs, the Legislature must prioritize more investments like the ones recently announced by Gov. Gordon.
Internet access in Cheyenne and across Wyoming is an economic development priority. I am running for the Wyoming Legislature to improve health, diversify the economy, and increase civic engagement. Wyoming should build on the grants Governor Mark Gordon and the Wyoming Business Council made to improve access in Wyoming.
Our efforts shouldn’t stop there. In San Antonio, they are running fiber from traffic lights to neighborhoods. In Colorado, they’re transmitting internet from rooftops. In Phoenix, they are bringing free WiFi citywide. We need creative solutions in the Wyoming Legislature, now is not the time to settle for same old, same old.
A recent national survey ranked Wyoming 46th for broadband access. Wyoming residents told the Wyoming Legislature this summer that improving access to fast and reliable Internet service is a key to expanding healthcare, educational and economic opportunities.