In January, the Greater Cheyenne Foundation was awarded a $150K grant from Microsoft to provide public broadband.
The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce awarded the installation of the broadband to Charter Communications. The project scope includes the Cheyenne Depot Plaza and the Cheyenne Depot Museum. Announced during the Friday, March 1st Luncheon presented by Wyoming Bank & Trust by Christy McCarthy, Cheyenne Depot Museum Executive Director, the company is already working on the logistics to have the project completed during the summer of 2019.
“We are excited to select Charter Communications as the Service Provider Partner to design, deploy, and operate the recently announced community Wi-Fi project at Depot Plaza,” said Robert Sloan, Microsoft Principal Program Manager for the Datacenter Community Broadband initiative. Charter was the clear choice for this project based on their local support and operations expertise combined with their strong desire to partner on a project that will have a positive impact on the community of Cheyenne.”
The installation completion date is expected to be in July of 2019.
“Charter is proud to partner with the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce to provide superior broadband delivered by our robust Spectrum WiFi network to visitors at the Cheyenne Depot Plaza and Museum,” said Todd Baxter, Charter Vice President, State Government Affairs. “Charter is committed to providing faster, better broadband to more Americans. Today’s announcement is another opportunity for us to deliver on that commitment for the residents and businesses who call Cheyenne home.”
Public broadband can increase opportunity for downtown Cheyenne by offering a platform for vendors to take credit card payments, have access to technology in the city’s center for remote workforce, and much more.
“We are appreciative of the strategic partnerships which have led us to this moment. Without private/public partnerships we wouldn’t achieve this particular project, so we owe a big thank you to Microsoft, Charter Communications, City of Cheyenne and Cheyenne Depot Museum.” expressed Vice President of the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce, Stephanie Joy Meisner-Maggard.
This was a primary goal of the City of Cheyenne’s Broadband Task Force, as well as the Forward Greater Cheyenne Initiatives, therefore it soon will be checked off the list and added to a list of amenities the community has to offer.