Casper Family says Bluepeak Fiber Internet Surpasses Expectations
Mike Barrett (left) poses with his daughters Ashlee and Kyla, wife Julia, and son Colin, before Kyla’s high school graduation ceremony in May.
(CASPER, Wyo.) – Sept. 6, 2022 – The internet struggle is real in Casper, Wyo. Just ask Mike Barrett. He knows.
After moving to the area in 2019, he found CenturyLink and Spectrum in the Equality State weren’t delivering what he had grown used to when he lived near Bakersfield, Calif.
“They had very low speeds,” he said. “Sometimes we’d get the circle of death – the spinning, buffering wheel – on the TV while we were trying to watch a movie. We transitioned to an all-streaming household and would get pauses and intermittent service.”
In 2020, Mike’s family resorted to rationing internet bandwidth to help his wife, Julia, when her job turned into remote work, overnight. Julia – a Casper native, University of Wyoming alum and now elementary school teacher – needed every megabit they could squeeze out of their previous connection to navigate remote learning through the pandemic.
“We just kind of shut everything else down to let her have as much as she needed,” Mike recalled.
Mike, Julia, and their two children still living in the house, needed something more to meet the demands of their household and, according to Mike, they have found that in Bluepeak. The Barrett family has been trying out the fiber internet provider for free while the company did final tests before launching the service last week.
“Bluepeak has been a breath of fresh air,” Mike 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.”
The Barrett household needs all the speed it can get with five users and several connected devices. Everything from multiple cell phones, laptops, TVs and other smart devices to an 18-year-old daughter that “lives” on her gaming computer and a mother-in-law that lives downstairs.
“Speed was really important to us,” Mike said. “My mother-in-law’s service downstairs was always more impaired than ours upstairs. With Bluepeak we have not had that issue. She’s getting just as fast download and upload speeds as we are upstairs.”
With the Barrett’s free service period coming to an end, would they recommend Bluepeak to others in Casper?
“One hundred percent,” Mike confirmed. “As many devices as we have running and at the same time, Bluepeak is able to handle it all without bogging down. For providers, we’ve been stuck in this lull because this is kind of what we’ve had to accept with Wyoming being behind the technology curve. [Bluepeak] bringing fiber internet to Casper is a night and day difference.”
Mike’s experience is backed up by the data on internet in Wyoming. According to broadbandnow.com, Wyoming ranks 43rd in the nation based on internet coverage, speed and availability. The good news is Bluepeak is changing that with a minimum speed tier of one gigabit-per-second (Gbps) fiber internet service at just $50 per month. And that’s all-in pricing, where the price on the website is the price on the bill. With Bluepeak service, local residences and businesses get faster speed, equal upload and download speeds, and eero Secure, which provides whole-home WiFi and protects devices from online threats, ads and allows for customized content filtering.
Casper residents in the area east of Wyoming Boulevard and north of Westcott Drive will be the first to have service available to them, with construction heading south next. Those interested can confirm service availability with their address on mybluepeak.com.
Elsewhere in Wyoming, Bluepeak continues to build out it’s $80 million network expansion in Laramie, Sheridan and Rock Springs, with service already available to Cheyenne residents. That’s in addition to other announced Bluepeak expansion markets in Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Those in Wyoming looking for more information can visit mybluepeak.com. Residents and businesses interested in service availability or details on the construction process can sign up for updates by entering their service address at mybluepeak.com.
Bluepeak is building a faster, more reliable internet without the things that get in the way of great service — like red tape, hidden fees, and slow response times. Offering up to 5 gigabits of speed for residential customers and 10 gigabits for businesses, Bluepeak is a whole new ballgame — from internet to TV, to connecting every device in a home, to powering a business, Bluepeak not only provides the best fiber connections in the communities it serves, but also meets the growing needs for how its customers live. Visit mybluepeak.com to learn more.