WYDOT offers Wi-Fi at three more rest areas, more coming soon

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Friday, May 19, 2017

A lack of Wi-Fi can drain one’s mobile device data plan or render it useless in areas with little to no connection. The Wyoming Department of Transportation understands the struggle and has added Wi-Fi to several state-owned rest areas.

WYDOT has recently announced the latest rest areas to feature Wi-Fi, all of which are located on Interstate 25 between Cheyenne and Casper:

  • Chugwater – 25 miles south of Wheatland
  • Dwyer Junction – 12 miles north of Wheatland
  • Orin Junction – 13 miles south of Douglas

Within the next 12-18 months, Wi-Fi will be available at the following Wyoming rest areas:

  • Independence Rock – 52 miles southwest of Casper
  • Eastbound and westbound Bitter Creek – 41 miles east of Rock Springs

Wi-Fi is already featured at the Southeast Welcome Center on Interstate 25, the Northeast Welcome Center on Interstate 90, and the Sheridan Information Center, also on I-90.

According to a WYDOT spokesperson, truck parking is available at all of the locations mentioned above. For a map of truck parking in Wyoming, click here. Independence Rock, which is not included in the map, has room for 15 tractor-trailers, a WYDOT spokesperson told Land Line.

DeadCellZones.com ranked Wyoming 29th on its list of worst cellphone coverage states, making cellphone reception in the Equality State better than more than half of all states. DeadCellZones.com is a “Consumer Generated Coverage Map” of outdoor and indoor cell phone reception problem locations for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Tracfone and other regional carriers, according to its website.

Although public Wi-Fi is convenient, it does come with some security issues for laptops or mobile devices. Technology and consumer electronics media website CNET.com encourages people to make sure all apps are up to date. App developers routinely issue updates to patch up any newly discovered vulnerabilities. CNET also suggests enabling two-factor authentication on all services that offer it. For more tips on Wi-Fi safety, read CNET’s full report here.

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