Wyoming communications provider Wind River Internet (WRI) is planning a potential data center in Fremont County.
First reported by County10, the company announced this week it is hosting a public meeting on December 14. WRI said it was seeking citizen input regarding “an opportunity for a data center” in the Wyoming county.
“We are applying for a Wyoming Business Council grant to do a feasibility study,” said Pat Lawson, Executive Manager of WRI and Northern Arapaho Tribal Industries (NATI). “It’s a requirement of the grange, and would like to see if there is support and interest.”
“There is a massive amount of unused bandwidth for hosting,” he said. “It is a very good opportunity to place a data center in between our two power companies and have it augmented with solar or other energy sources.”
According to Lawson, the data center would be a large-scale facility to host large cloud providers that have approached them over the years.
WRI provides Internet to businesses and residences across Fremont County. It provides fiber, fixed and managed wireless, voice, and TV services. It reportedly operates ‘several mini data centers around the county. Last month the company said one of its tower sites in Ethete was burglarized and vandalized.
Microsoft has a data center presence in Wyoming in Cheyenne. Fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty also has a facility in Cheyenne. Wyoming Hyperscale White Box is planning a facility in Evanston.
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