The Wyoming Business Council has received two Broadband Development Grant Applications. Below are the details of those two applications.
1. Albany County/Vistabeam:
Vistabeam proposes the extension of its existing fixed wireless network into the Centennial area and to the area around Rob Roy Reservoir in Albany County. This would include installation of two semi-portable towers and the purchase of one existing tower in the proposed service areas, a fixed wireless broadband network using LTE based equipment and unlicensed wireless in 5ghz, high-capacity licensed microwave feeds for each project site and enough CPE radios to serve all customers in the area.
This project includes equipment at four new tower sites. Each tower site will have Cambium ePMP3000 access points, capable of delivering up to 100MB speeds to end users. The towers will also have BaiCells LTE equipment that is capable of delivering up to 50MB speeds to end users. The grant request is $196,895, with an equal match, for a project total of $393,750. The project would pass 15 businesses and 423 homes, providing broadband access or upgrades to 95% of households in the area.
2. Northern Arapaho Tribal Industries dba Wind River Internet (WRI)/Northern Arapaho Tribe:
Northern Arapaho Tribal Industries (NATI), doing business as Wind River Internet (WRI), is planning to implement broadband infrastructure through a Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) Internet Protocol (IP) based system, to 849 "Premises Passed" including government, education, businesses and residents within the boundaries of the Wind River Indian Reservation (WRIR).
WRI’s proposed FTTP services offer 1 Gigabit, low-latency FTTP terrestrial broadband services to residential and business customers that meet or exceed the FCC’s benchmark standard of 25 Mbps/3 Mbps.
The grant request is $3.7 million, with a $4.4 million match, for a project total of $8.1 million. The project would pass 45 businesses and 849 homes, providing broadband access or upgrades to 100% of households in the area.
For more details, see the documentation below.
Grant Applications Under Consideration
An existing broadband service provider may, within 30 days of publication of the information, submit in writing to the Wyoming Business Council a challenge to an application. A challenge should demonstrate:
- The provider currently provides or has begun construction or undertaken permitting or other significant steps toward construction to provide broadband service comparable to that in the proposed project at speeds equal to or greater than the speeds proposed in the application and with other capabilities and project size comparable to the project proposed in the application; or
- The provider commits to complete construction of broadband infrastructure and provide broadband service comparable to that in the proposed project at speeds equal to or greater than the speeds proposed in the application and with other capabilities and project size comparable to the project proposed in the application no later than 18 months after the funding determinations are to be made for the application submitted.
The Business Council will evaluate the information submitted in a provider's challenge under this section, and is prohibited from funding a project if it determines the provider is currently providing broadband service or the provider's commitment to provide broadband service that meets the requirements of this section in the proposed project area is credible. If the Business Council denies funding to an applicant as a result of a broadband service provider's challenge, and the broadband service provider does not fulfill the provider's commitment to provide broadband service in the project area, the Business Council is prohibited from denying funding to an applicant as a result of a challenge by the same broadband service provider for the following two fiscal years, unless the Business Council determines the broadband service provider's failure to fulfill the provider's commitment was the result of factors beyond the broadband service provider's control.
Please submit challenges in writing to:
Wyoming Business Council
214 West 15th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002