The Broadband Guy — How networking is saving Wyoming's small towns
Thursday, April 11, 2019
It's a frigid, blustery January day in Guernsey, Wyoming.
As snow flurries whip through the air, a helmet-clad man climbs into a bucket lift, hoisting himself to the top of a tower on the city’s perimeter. He and a teammate hang antennas, run cables, connect wires and test circuits.
The rattling din of diesel engines cuts through the small-town quiet. There are more wandering antelope, curiously pricking up their ears at the commotion, than humans out on this grassy, windblown prairie.
About 1,151 people call this single-square-mile town in southeast Wyoming home, according to census estimates.
Guernsey’s remoteness, with its ample fresh air and breathing room, appeals to many of its residents; but it comes with challenges. For one: internet.