CASPER, Wyo. — Fiber internet provider Bluepeak officially launched its service in Casper today following a $24 million investment to build a high-speed fiber network for nearly 24,000 homes and businesses in the city.
The company held a groundbreaking ceremony in April after announcing its investment. Bluepeak is offering up to 5 gigabits of speed for residential customers and up to 10 gigabits for businesses in Casper.
“The great folks of the Oil City have waited too long for fast, reliable, affordable internet service and we’re excited to be part of the solution for them,” said Rich Fish, Bluepeak’s CEO. “Our fiber-to-the-home network expansion here is owed to the great work and ongoing partnership with Casper city officials, who we’ve worked closely with every step of the way.”
Casper residents in the area east of Wyoming Boulevard and north of Westcott Drive will be the first to have service available, with construction moving south after that. Those interested can confirm service availability with their address on mybluepeak.com.
Casper native Mike Barrett was the first in the city that Bluepeak connected a few weeks ago to test out the service before launch.
“Bluepeak has been a breath of fresh air,” Barrett said. “We’ve exceeded what our previous two providers — combined — said they could provide for bandwidth. We’re four or five times faster since we’ve got Bluepeak.”
High-speed internet has been a challenge for many in Casper and across the Equality State: Wyoming ranks 43rd in the nation in internet coverage, speed and availability, according to broadbandnow.com. An analysis from highspeedinternet.com found that Wyoming residents pay more for each megabit-per-second than anywhere else in the country. Wyomingites pay a rate of $7.84 per Mbps, compared to just 63 cents for Rhode Islanders.
Bluepeak is serving or will soon have service available in several Wyoming communities, including Laramie, Sheridan and Rock Springs. Service is already available to Cheyenne residents. Other announced Bluepeak expansion markets include Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and North Dakota.