Gillette Man Appointed to Broadband Council

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The Wyoming Business Council recently appointed Tom Lacock and Brian Worthen to its Broadband Advisory Council (BAC), which is comprised of 11 members from different backgrounds and different areas of the state.

Lacock has worked in government relations with the AARP Wyoming and Wyoming Medical Society, as well as in state government with both the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Department of Education.

Worthen graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in small business management with an emphasis on finance. He joined Visionary Communications in 2001, working to develop the company’s broadband portfolio in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. Visionary was the first provider to develop broadband in Buffalo, Cody, Gillette, Newcastle, Ranchester, Rawlins, Sundance, and Wright.

BAC members advise and recommend the Business Council by keeping track of where broadband is currently available and identifying areas without the technology, understanding what it takes to provide broadband services with efficiency, and ensuring area legislation aligns with continued broadband development needs.

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“The Wyoming Broadband Council’s mission statement envisions Wyoming as a leader in connectivity, setting a standard for all others to follow by 2025. We are focused on making Wyoming a technology leader by expanding services to support economic diversity and job growth throughout the state,” according to the Wyoming State Broadband Program webpage.

The 2018 Legislature created the BAC and appropriated $10 million to establish a Broadband Infrastructure Grant Fund. Lacock and Worthen replace outgoing original members Doug Wilson and Ashley Harpstreith.