High West Energy has been in the due diligence phase of offering broadband services to both our members and the communities alongside our service area. We have gathered surveys and pre-enrollments from these areas. We conducted a thorough analysis of the pros and cons (of investing in fiber for internal and external purposes), including the risks and rewards. A decision that was not taken lightly. High West Energy will not be moving forward with this project.
As background, we began hearing from members in 2014 about the lack of reasonably priced internet service. Since that time, we have conducted a rather extensive exploratory process. This included conducting a pilot project of some equipment in Pine Bluffs, preparing a business plan with different iterations and conducting due diligence on that business plan, starting last September.
- While there are under-served people in the tri-state region of high-speed internet service, we feel we can best serve our members and communities by focusing on providing safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity, wiring and IT services.
- While leadership may have had different opinions on the merits of offering high-speed internet during the due diligence phase, in the end, we all came together on this decision. HWE is committed to offering our existing services focusing on the needs of the membership.
(The refund process for those who pre-enrolled will start this week and you will be getting a check in the mail for your pre-enrollment.)