Can Wyoming regulate the internet? Its Legislature is trying.

CHEYENNE — Wyoming may be a frontier state, but it sure loves its fences.

More than a century ago, Wyoming built its stock with fences, its forebears reining in the wild, open spaces with apportioned grazing lands and property lines all neatly demarcated within the otherwise craggy and rugged state’s clean, rectangular border.


But as the state enters a new frontier — with eyes toward conquering emerging marketplaces in technology — can Wyoming’s current leadership similarly rein in the borderless expanses of the internet? Is it feasible — or even possible — to try to regulate the digital world within the very real borders of a state’s laws?

Several lawmakers this year seem willing to try.