ETS in the News 2012-2013

Gov Mead wants $16M for Wyoming broadband expansion

November 12, 2013

Gov. Matt Mead has pledged his support of using the state’s buying power to increase broadband access across the state. At the Wyoming Broadband Summit on October 29th, he made the case for improving state government’s Internet backbone in hopes of spurring communications companies to invest in upgraded Internet capacity for the private sector.

State seeks $16 million to boost broadband
November 4, 2013
State officials are seeking nearly $16 million to complete a project that could expand high-speed Internet access and capacity throughout Wyoming.

Council voices support for Gov. Mead’s unified network plan
November 5, 2013
Sheridan City Council voted Monday to approve a resolution supporting a proposal by Gov. Matt Mead that asks for funding from the 2014 Wyoming Legislature to build a unified network.

Google, Microsoft in “2 Horse Race” for Government Cloud Contracts

September 4, 2013

When Flint Waters began work as Wyoming's CIO in April 2011, the IT apparatus that he inherited was in bad shape.

June 21, 2013
As state officials set Wyoming's IT strategy for the coming years, the state is poised to become the first in the nation to have fully adopted Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) by 2015 -- which is just a part of Wyoming’s plan to become a state that promotes education, innovation and economic growth, says state CIO Flint Waters. 
  
Wyoming CIO Flint Waters on cloud, mobile and effective IT leadership
June 20, 2013
One of the biggest frustration points among state chief information officers nationwide, said Wyoming CIO Flint Waters, is trying to accomplish a modernization effort without adequate executive support. That’s not the case in Waters’ home state.

June 13, 2013
Just as America’s economy boomed — and everything became more accessible — after the passage of the Federal Highway Act in 1956 and construction of America’s Interstate Highway System, Flint Waters believes Wyoming could “reduce the size of those highways” by becoming the best connected state in the nation on the information superhighway.

Private Cloud 'Vending Machine' Eases IT Service Delivery for Wyoming

August 22, 2012

The state of Wyoming started with a vision one year ago to build a private cloud that worked like a vending machine--spinning up whatever resources customers wanted when they wanted them, and billing them each month based on usage. In principle, the IT service delivery concept was straightforward. In practice? Not so much.

Government adoption of Google Apps picking up steam

August 1, 2012

There is still widespread concern over Google's ability to deliver privacy, security, and meet other IT governance standards as a public cloud provider - but in one sector which is traditionally very strict on governance (Government) Google is meeting with greater success. Why is this? What are the lessons to be learned?

February 29, 2012
In 2008, Flint Waters appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to talk about the dangers of online sexual predators. At the time, Waters was a police investigator and chief of Wyoming’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force.