Rural Wyoming residents find slower speeds, higher cost for internet

CHEYENNE – In homes with children, fighting over who gets to use the internet or who needs to stop their streams has become a common American experience over the last couple decades. It’s an argument that Laramie County resident Jackie Fornstrom knows well, living with her husband and four teenage boys on their family farm a few miles outside Pine Bluffs.

But for her family, the problem was accelerated by slow Wi-Fi speeds that seemed even slower than what she was paying for. Until August, they used Range Telephone Communications’ DSL internet through a landline phone for $80-$85 a month, but Fornstrom said that’s just because it was the only option available.