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City Club Missoula Presents: Conquering Montana's Digital Divide: Rural Broadband, 1/9, Missoula

January 6, 2017View for printing

Your chance to talk about your broadband satisfaction and experiences in Western Montana.

Big Sky Small World: Conquering Montana's Divide - A report on the state of rural broadband

Featuring Geoff Feiss, Montana Telecommunications Association General Manager

At January's City Club Missoula Forum, Geoff Feiss, Montana Telecommunications Association General Manager, will share a new report on the state of rural broadband.

Montana's rugged geography, vast open areas and sparse population have always created unique challenges for building out Montana's telecommunications infrastructure. Today, in an era of streaming movies, distance learning,e-commerce and telemedicine, broadband internet access is now considered an essential part of life for most Montanans. Updating today's networks to meet tomorrow's demands with "future-proof" fiber optic infrastructure requires considerable investment of time and resources.

Learn how MTA member companies are working to bring state-of-the-art broadband internet, digital telephony, video, wireless and other telecommunications products and services to Montana's rural schools, businesses, residents, and emergency and health care services.

Attendees will have the chance to pose questions.

Monday, January 9, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel Edgewater Missoula, 100 Madison St.

City Club Missoula forums are open to the public. Credit card reservations can be made at or by emailing

Member Lunch: $16.00

General Public Lunch: $20.00

Coffee/Dessert Only: $10.00

Register today or become a member at

Featuring Geoff Feiss, Director of the Montana Telecommunications Association


On this site you can learn more about how we, the member companies and cooperatives of the Montana Telecommunications Association, are addressing Montana’s unique challenges.


Monday, January 9, 11:30am-1:00pm at the Doubletree Edgewater


OUR MISSION is to bring together people to inform and inspire citizens on issues vital to the Missoula area community through public forums that encourage the discussion of new ideas and the free exchange of thought.


BroadbandUSA Community Connectivity Webinar Series, 1/12 & 1/18, Online

Participate in this month’s discussion about the BroadbandUSA Community Connectivity Initiative – a local planning tool that promotes broadband planning, action and progress. The online tool includes twelve models that combine data, questions, responses, and resources to support local leaders explore key topics related to broadband availability, adoption and skills, and the community context that informs local efforts. In addition to providing an overview of the initiative and assessment, we will preview the online tool and discuss the 2017 timeline and delivery schedule.


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