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Matt Mead

Wyoming officials mark improved statewide Internet service

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and other officials say the state has emerged as a national leader in providing improved Internet access to schools and communities.

Mead spoke Thursday at the state's fourth annual Broadband Summit in Cheyenne. He lauded the recent installation of large-capacity Internet lines, called the unified network, around Wyoming.

The White House has called for the nation's schools to provide Internet access at the rate of 100 kilobits per second per student by this year, increasing 10 times to reach 1 megabit per student by 2018, Mead said. A kilobit is a measure of data.

"Wyoming frankly is the leader in this effort," Mead said, saying all...