Franchise Agreement for Fiber-to-the-Home Internet Approved by RS Council

Franchise Agreement for Fiber-to-the-Home Internet Approved by RS Council

ROCK SPRINGS — The Rock Springs City Council has unanimously approved the third and final reading of an ordinance creating a franchise agreement and allowing right-of-ways access to Bluepeak, the company looking to provide residential and business fiber-to-the-home options.

The agreement will bring fiber-to-home services and options to nearly 9,000 residents and businesses in the Rock Springs area, according to a press release from Bluepeak.

Casey Quinn, Bluepeak’s Government Affairs representative for Wyoming, answered questions about the services at an earlier Council meeting this month. Bluepeak, formerly Vast Broadband, has been operating in South Dakota and Minnesota for the past 20 years and is expanding into Wyoming. So far, the compnay is working to provide services in Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, and Sheridan.

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Bluepeak says the expansion will cost roughly $9 million. Residential customers can get up to 5 gigabits-per-second (gbps) of symmetrical bandwidth and businesses can get up to 10 gbps.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the City of Rock Springs to enhance internet connectivity for the community,” Bluepeak CEO Rich Fish said in the release. “Our fiber-to-the-home network is built for the future to meet the growing needs for how we all live, and we’re excited to show the great community of Rock Springs that we’re a different kind of internet provider.”

Bluepeak’s PowerPoint presentation on the project can be viewed here. The ordinance can be viewed here.