FCC authorizes $12.2 million to expand Wyoming broadband

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Three companies will receive almost $12.2 million to expand broadband services in Wyoming.

The Federal Communications Commission authorized $61.8 million in such funding nationwide, according to their Thursday, Oct. 10 announcement.

Those companies to receive funding to expand service in Wyoming are as follows:

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  • Inventive Wireless: $3,734,455
  • Tri County Telephone: $3,004,236
  • Union Telephone: $5,437,562

Between them this funding is expected to provide service to 4,752 homes and businesses in Wyoming over the next ten year.

“‘In states from the Pacific Coast to New England, we’re taking another step toward closing the digital divide,’ said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. ‘This sixth round of funding continues to build on our efforts to provide rural Americans with the economic, educational, civic, and healthcare opportunities that high-speed Internet access makes possible.’”

Overall, the FCC has authorized almost $1.2 billion in such funding in their six rounds with more to follow in coming months.