ETS in the News Archive 2014
October 21, 2014
While noting successes in expanding Internet speeds and access, state leaders and service providers say they still need to do more to prepare for tomorrow's opportunities.
About 200 industry professionals and state officials attended the third annual Wyoming Broadband Summit here Tuesday. It is designed to highlight the victories, as well as challenges, in the efforts to expand Internet capabilities across the state.
September 14, 2014Outsourcing government functions to private companies has long been a popular idea here in Wyoming. Now the state is leading the nation in taking that trend into the digital age. Wyoming will soon transfer much of its public data to the care of private companies, which will host it on the internet.
August 19, 2014The state of Wyoming plans to discontinue most of its data center operations and move its servers to colocation facilities. Outsourcing its two data centers is an interim step to eventually moving these IT systems to public cloud services. Where Wyoming goes, the rest of the states should follow.
The state of Wyoming is planning to discontinue most of its data center operations and move its physical equipment to commercial colocation facilities.
It will continue to manage its own physical servers at these colocation centers, but this outsourcing step is part of a broader plan to move the state's computing resources to cloud services.
July 30, 2014Green House Data celebrated the grand opening of an expansion to its data center here on Wednesday afternoon.
Privacy Concerns Swirl Around Statewide Student Database
June 27, 2014
Nationwide, including Wyoming, states are working to build huge databases that can track students from preschool all the way into the workforce. In the brave new world of big data, the thought is—more information means smarter education policy decisions and improved learning. But some parents worry that these systems will go too far.
Wyoming’s State Broadband Gets Huge Speed Boost
June 9, 2014
The upgrade to 100 gigabits will benefit state agencies, schools and act as a catalyst for economic growth and development. For the State of Wyoming, high-speed broadband Internet access is more than a matter of convenience.
May 5, 2014Wyoming’s broadband backbone will soon be 40 times faster as private companies begin building out the state’s Unified Network. Advanced Communications Technology, based in Sheridan, and national Internet service provider CenturyLink earned the first contracts to enhance the state’s broadband network, about a $15.8 million project overall. The companies, between them, will lay dual 100-gigabit broadband rings that will tie all state schools and agencies together, laying the groundwork for future private networks that could perform similarly.
April 16, 2014Governor Matt Mead is excited to announce that the State of Wyoming is joining Google and the State of Colorado to bring together computer programmers who will develop creative solutions for problems faced by Wyoming and Colorado state agencies.
March 14, 2014In recent years, data centers and other tech industries have been eyeing Wyoming, in part due to its substantial fiber optic infrastructure. And yet with so much capacity, Internet speeds for residential users here are well below the U.S. average.
At the closing of the budget session, Governor Matt Mead said that Wyoming is well-served by its citizen legislature. He noted that members leave their families, their homes, to work incredibly hard and over long hours during the session.
Governor Matt Mead has signed the budget bill for the next two fiscal years. The budget remains essentially flat while investing in Wyoming’s future. The budget provides for savings. It also provides for education, local government, wildlife, new technologies, recruiting and retaining large businesses, health, and safety.
Governor Happy With Trip to Nation's Capitol
February 26, 2014
Governor Matt Mead met with his fellow Governors, members of the President’s Cabinet and the Council of Governors in Washington, DC. From February 21st to 24th the National Governors, Western Governors’ and Republican Governors Associations held their winter meetings in Washington. Governor Mead also visited with the President at the White House.
February 12, 2014
Wyoming is poised to expand the Internet system that serves public schools and state offices, the state's chief information officer told lawmakers on Wednesday.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/12/3930307/state-information-officer-urges.html#storylink=cpy
January 29, 2014If the Wyoming Legislature funds a one-time ask of about $15.8 million to build out the state's proposed 100-gigabit unified network, officials said it may make Wyoming one of a kind.
January 10, 2014
Campbell County has gotten on board with Gov. Matt Mead’s plan for a unified network technology plan.