Connect Wyoming

Connect Wyoming Purpose

On November 18, 2022, the FCC released its pre-production draft of its new broadband maps.  Maps that show the availability of high-speed Internet service are nothing new. The problem is that the FCC’s maps had previously relied on information that failed to paint the whole picture of who did and who did not have the internet. The FCC’s older maps collected data at the census block level, meaning that if a single home was served in a census block, the whole block would show up as served on our maps. The net result was maps that were overly optimistic, lacked location-specific information, and subsequently glossed over gaps in coverage. With these new maps, the FCC has integrated the information from broadband providers with hundreds of location-specific data sources, giving us a far more detailed and accurate picture of fixed broadband availability.


These improved maps will mean direct benefits for consumers. Users now have a one-stop-shop to search for their address and find information about which internet service providers claim to offer service at the location, the broadband technologies they offer, and the maximum download and upload speeds they advertise for each technology. The new maps will help policymakers more accurately target investments to expand broadband to unserved and underserved areas and close the digital divide.  broadbandmap.fcc.gov. 

 
Elaina Zempel

Elaina Zempel

307-777-2802

[email protected]

Mapping

The Wyoming Business Council wants to ensure that every citizen and business has access to affordable, reliable, and future-proof broadband.  To maximize the efficient use of broadband funding, the Business Council will be conducting its own broadband mapping program with the support of LightBox- an experienced national data and mapping firm.  Wyoming’s ISPs are critical partners in this process and submitting broadband coverage information will help us create a detailed broadband map and qualify you to apply for grants.

The data collection period officially kicked off on November 30th, with a short webinar hosted by LightBox and will conclude Midnight MST Friday January 13th, 2023 MST.  If you were unable to attend, the webinar is now available on this page.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you have about participation in the Connect Wyoming program, or about the data submission process.

In response to recent provider feedback and to help alleviate some of the end of year stress, the Wyoming Business Council has decided to extend the original deadline (December 16th, 2022) for broadband data submissions for the Connect Wyoming program until Midnight MST Friday January 13th, 2023.

Support Requests

Uploading/Downloading Data, Map, Etc.
[email protected]lightboxre.com

General Inquiries
[email protected]

Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ)

Q: How do I begin the data submission process with LightBox?

A: Please sign and email the attached confidentiality agreement to Wyo[email protected] NOTE:  The signing of this document is optional and not mandatory.

Q: How do I provide LightBox with my ISP data submission?

A: Please refer to the attached ISP Submission Guide (Section 4).

Q: What data format and table structure are required for the ISP data submission process?

A: Please refer to the ISP Submission Guide attached (Section 4.2, 4.3 & 4.4 – Fixed List of Locations & Fixed/Mobile Coverage Areas).

Q: Who should I contact at LightBox if I have questions about the ISP data submission process?

A: Please email LightBox Customer Success Manager (CSM) at [email protected] with your questions.

More Information On Connect Wyoming

Connect Wyoming Rules – Chapter 4 

  • The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors approved the Connect Wyoming program rules at their Sept. 8, 2022, board meeting. These rules are promulgated for the purpose of providing a regulatory framework for broadband development projects funded by the Connect Wyoming program.

 

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