Wyoming invests in Internet infrastructure

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Casper, WY (AP) - Wyoming is investing nearly $16 million to increase the state's Internet bandwidth for its schools and government offices.

It's a move some small communities say is saving their ability to educate students and do business. Some of the larger towns wish they had even more.

The idea is the state will act as the anchor tenant for Internet providers. In order to meet Wyoming's demands, those providers will have to upgrade their equipment and bring connections into communities that would have been too small to warrant providers' investment on their own.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that tangible benefits are still a little ways down the road for most residents, but students in some districts are already seeing the benefits.

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