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Greater capacity broadband services are now being provided to elementary schools in Alta, Kelly, and Moose along with educational facilities in Star Valley. Silver Star Communications was one of nine companies throughout the state to aid in improving existing broadband infrastructure to schools. The Wyoming Department of Education first created the Wyoming Equality Network to deliver video and Internet service to school districts, schools, community colleges and other education sites. In 2011 a Wyoming Department of Education report recommended 1 megabit per second per student be available through the Wyoming Equality Network. According to report, at that time the WEN only provided 9 Kbps per Wyoming student, about 7 percent of the recommendation. Since that time Wyoming has renamed the program to the Wyoming Unified Network to add connectivity to other agencies.  Silver Star Customer Service Director Jennifer Brannen says the schools now served by Silver Star are receiving 100 megabits per second as compared to less than 10 previously. Higher bandwidth allows for improved communications via videoconferencing, increased access to shared resources, as well as better opportunities for online learning and standardized testing.

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