All of Wyoming's far-flung schools are slated to be linked on what state school officials call the nation's largest voice, video, and data network by July 1999.

The telecommunications company U.S. West has won an $18 million contract to design, construct, and manage the high-speed network. The project will connect roughly 400 public schools in Wyoming to the internet and to an education-focused, statewide intranet using an asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) network, which allows information in various forms to be transferred simultaneously.

U.S. West was awarded the contract after...

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