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Servers at Mountain West Technology Networks in downtown Casper are seen in 2014. 

CHEYENNE (WNE) — The Wyoming Broadband Advisory Council decided to keep the scope of its mission focused on broadband expansion and declined to include issues like telehealth and educational opportunities in its broadband enhancement plan.

The state Legislature established the advisory council in 2018, and allocated $10 million for broadband improvement projects and outlining strategies to help maximize funding distribution.

The Broadband Enhancement Plan aims to guarantee all Wyoming communities have access to high-speed broadband internet by 2025.

There was no argument against the importance of increasing access to educational opportunities, medical care or the potential for mobile broadband. And while agreeing that finding new sources of grant funding to address those other issues should be on their radar, group members decided they should first achieve their main mission of expanding broadband access across the state before moving on to other topics.

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“Just getting people connected is huge,” said Ashley Harpstreith, CEO and executive director of Goshen County Economic Development.

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