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Wyoming becoming more connected

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Wyoming state officials say the Cowboy State is more connected with the world than ever thanks to expanding the state's broadband networks.

Governor Matt Mead says Wyoming has seen a significant expansion of high speed Internet access.  Mead claimed in a press release that in 2010 only half the state had high speed Internet access and now that number is closer to 90 percent.

Data center workers have noticed that local and state officials are doing everything they can to bring faster Internet to their areas.

"They've begun to work with carriers, either large carriers that are passing through the state or serve the state of Wyoming, as well as their local telecommunications companies to improve on broadband," said Ptolemy Data Systems COO Jesus Rios.

Ptolemy helped install a faster network into Johnson County's offices last year and now people can take advantage of better online services from the county.

"It'll give people easier access to those because our bandwidth allows us to push that content out to the Internet faster," said Johnson County IT Manager Rande Money.

Mead also says the goal is to increase high speed access from 70 percent of schools to 95 percent.

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