Washington – Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) released the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized more than $2.6 million in funding to expand rural broadband deployment in 550 locations throughout Wyoming:  

“Communities in Wyoming deserve reliable and affordable access to high-speed internet, a staple in information technology and communication. The funds announced this week by the FCC will empower our rural hospitals, schools, farms, and banks to better serve the people of Wyoming. We need to continue prioritizing this crucial infrastructure for Wyoming to thrive and compete in the 21st century. FCC Chairman Pai has been a champion in expanding rural broadband access and I’m grateful for his recent visit to the Wind River Indian Reservation and Cheyenne to see how high-speed internet is benefiting Wyoming communities.”


Background:

Authorization of these funds comes from the 2018 Connect America Fund Phase II auction. In total, this fund allocated $1.488 billion in support over the next ten years to expand broadband to more than 700,000 unserved rural homes and small businesses in 45 states. 

A map of winning bids in the auction is available at https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/caf2-auction903-results/.