Company Seeks to Provide RS Residents with Residential Fiber-to-the-Home Internet

Company Seeks to Provide RS Residents with Residential Fiber-to-the-Home Internet

ROCK SPRINGS — A company wanting to provide residential fiber-to-the-home internet is seeking permission from the Rock Springs City Council to create an ordinance allowing them to do so.

The Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting will take place Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Under presentations, the Council will hear about the company’s plans from Casey Quinn of Bluepeak’s Wyoming Government Affairs Office.

According to a PowerPoint presentation from the company, Vast Broadband currently operates in South Dakota and portions of western Minnesota providing internet, TV, TiVo and phone service to over 60,000 residential and business customers.

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“We are aggressively pursuing expansion plans to bring our award-winning service to under-served, less competitive communities and undergoing a brand transformation to Bluepeak,” the PowerPoint presentation states.

“A new broadband provider gives Rock Springs residents the freedom to consider more options, creating a truly competitive marketplace of services,” according to the PowerPoint.

The PowerPoint presentation states, Bluepeak would provide residential fiber-to-the-home internet to Rock Springs and residents can choose from 1 Gbps, 2 Gbps, and 5 Gbps with different pricing options. So far in Wyoming, the company provides services in Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, and Sheridan.

In order for Bluepeak to come to Rock Springs, the City Council must pass an ordinance creating Article 11-11 “Clarity Telecom, LLC, (Vast Broadband) Franchise” within Chapter XI, Franchises and Right of Ways.

Under the proposed ordinance, “Clarity Telecom, LLC, (Vast Broadband) Franchise, desires to construct, erect, renew, repair, maintain and operate in, upon, along, across under and over the streets, alleys, and all other public rights-of-way (in) the City of Rock Springs.” The City Council is scheduled to read this ordinance for a second time. It takes three readings to pass an ordinance.

To review the PowerPoint, click here. To review the proposed ordinance, click here.

Other Business

Under petitions, the Council will listen to Peak Disposal owner Ryan McGuire speak on the “Garbage Collection” Ordinance.

The Council is scheduled to read the “Garbage Collection” ordinance for a third and final time. If passed, the ordinance will establish a voluntary city-wide curbside recycling program, which will be offered through local garbage collecting businesses.

The Council will also approve its preliminary budget for Fiscal Year 2023, ending on June 30, 2023.

The Council is looking at appointing Chad Banks to a second term on the Beautification and Tree Committee and Angela Thatcher to a second term to the Community Fine Arts Center Board.

To review the complete agenda, click here.