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InterBel Telephone Cooperative in Eureka, Montana has been awarded a $486,000 grant from the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to bring high-speed fiber to the Business Community of Eureka.:


The project will entail the upgrade from copper cables to high speed fiber optic cables utilizing existing and new conduits along Highway 37 and US Highway 93. The project will lay approximately ...


Rural broadband could get a lot faster with new farm bill:


A fight is brewing over whether to mandate much faster internet speeds for government-subsidized broadband Internet projects in rural areas. If Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., has her way, minimum download ...


Fiber optic cable coming to Choteau, Montana Thanks to 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative:


Fairfield-based 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative plans to install state-of-the-art fiber optic cable in the city of Choteau starting in the spring of 2019, it was announced via postcards to residents last ...


Myth Buster #5 - My community will never get fiber, applying to Broadband for Montana Schools and having upgraded services are not cost effective for our school.:




Montana Senator John Tester and Governor Steve Bullock Demand FCC Cut Red Tape, Deliver High-Speed Internet for Montana Students:


Senator, Governor Demand Loosening Bureaucratic Burdens on Rural Schools U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to update ...


You Are Invited To Join NTIA's BroadbandUSA Practical Broadband Conversations Webinar: 3/21:


Topic: Public-Private Partnerships: Delivering Broadband Solutions for America's Communities Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET Overview: Join ...


Expanding High-Speed Internet Access for Montana's Rural Schools:




SpaceX's Internet satellites are part of a wave of new tech that could give you more choice in broadband providers:


SpaceX hit another orbital milestone on Wednesday: It launched a pair of experimental broadband satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The test satellites are ...


The least connected people in America:


Nowhere is the 'digital divide' more extreme than on tribal lands. Will Washington's solution fix the problem? "It seems like everybody has the internet, but not in my neighborhood," By MARGARET ...


Senator Tester Pushes to Fix Broken USDA Rural Broadband Initiative:


After Only Approving Three Loans in Three Years, Senator Takes Aim at USDA Rural Broadband Access Loan Program (U.S. Senate)--U.S. Senator Jon Tester is pushing to fix a broken U.S. Department ...


Group Pushes for Broadband Solutions in Rural America:


With their focus toward closing the rural connectivity gaps, Connect Americans Now https://connectamericansnow.com/ wants to see affordable broadband everywhere by 2022. by Mark Minton, The Garden ...


Expand broadband coverage to close digital divide on Montana's tribal lands :


Native Americans on reservations are twice as underserved for broadband access than other rural Americans, and are 16 times more likely to be underserved than their urban counterparts. The digital ...


Time to bridge the broadband gap in Indian Country:


The digital divide is real and it's widening. Nowhere is this more true than on our reservations around the country. The vast majority of those living on tribal lands have no options to access broadband ...


Private Telcos More Expensive Than Municipal Broadband 85% of the Time:




Harvard Study Shows Why Big Telecom Is Terrified of Community-Run Broadband:


Community-owned internet service providers are cheaper and better. ISPs also have a nasty habit of trying to make direct price comparisons impossible as well, lest the public realize what a profound ...


Colorado Town Votes to Go Ahead with Broadband Despite Cable Company's Best Efforts:


The municipal broadband network will make Fort Collins an even more incredible place to live." A media campaign funded by Comcast and CenturyLink failed to stop the ballot initiative in Fort Collins ...


Slower Speeds, Less Access: The Public Agency Response to Rural Broadband:


Public entities like the Federal Communications Commission and state legislatures are supposed to look after the common good. Instead, their policies are making things tougher for small towns and ...


No phone or internet: Company sale leaves some rural Yellowstone County residents offline:


Dave Schmit has not had a working home phone or internet access since Friday, and he's starting to get frustrated. Schmit lives out on 88th Street West and last week got a notice in the mail that ...


The Fiber Future is Cooperative: Policy Brief On Rural Cooperative Fiber Deployment:


Rural communities across the United States are already building the Internet infrastructure of the future. Using a 20th century model, rural America is finding a way to tap into high-speed Internet ...


Broadband bang per buck: How your country rates on speed versus cost:


Fast affordable broadband is one of the essentials of modern life. Like an effective education system, if a country does not ensure its citizens have universal access, the future will invariably be compromised ...
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Montana Is Dead Last! - Report Finds Fastest, Slowest U.S. Broadband States and Cities - What is Montana going to do? What are you going to do?:


On a statewide basis, Rhode Island ranks at the top with an average speed of 36.69Mbps, while Montana was last. with an average speed of only 10.94Mbps, according to the report. So downloading an HD ...


Now Is the Time to Fight for Fast Internet:


The FCC chairman supports defining broadband as speeds that are barely fast enough for browsing, let alone media streaming, video conferencing, or other business-related uses. The question is: ...


Poland's big broadband test: Getting firms to fight over high-speed links for rural areas:


Poland is aiming to make high-speed internet available to almost 1.3 million homes and all schools in mostly rural areas. And so far, it has companies scrambling for a piece of this $900m pie. But ...


Montana GOED survey regarding current and future broadband Internet needs in Montana. Please let your voice be heard. :


The Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development, in partnership with a Montana-based graduate student with the University of Colorado, invites you to participate in a survey https://ucdenver.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0PrJGOFGXJGsF0h&Q_JFE=0 ...


Unique Model Makes Citizens a Funding Partner in Broadband Network:


A city in eastern Idaho figured out how to build a gig network for its city of 13,800 residents with no debt and a strong sign-up rate. Maybe there's a lesson for other communities here. By ...


Broadband Analysis: Scrappy Wireless ISPs Get the Job Done:


WISPs are starting to make a difference in metropolitan areas. Rural areas don't need to wait on expensive and hard-to-build fiber-to-the-home networks to start using broadband. In many cases, ...


Rural America Is Building Its Own Internet Because No One Else Will:


Big Telecom has little interest in expanding to small towns and farmlands, so rural America is building its own solutions. Kaleigh Rogers https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/paax9n/rural-america-is-building-its-own-internet-because-no-one-else-will Many ...


FCC Proposes to 'Fix' Rural Broadband by Changing the Definition:


Ajit Pai's proposal to "solve" rural America's broadband problem won't help you watch Netflix, finish your homework, or download videos from your grandkids. All it does is move the goalposts and ...


Rural Broadband: Taking a Broad-Scope Look at State Legislation:


Broadband Internet access has been a focal point for legislators across the U.S. In 2017 sessions alone, many states have taken their own shot at crafting pro-access legislation. And in March, Sen. ...


Broadband Economic Benefits: Why Invest in Broadband Infrastructure and Adoption?:


The long-term economic benefits of providing broadband access to every rural community exceed the cost of building that infrastructure. And it isn't even close. By Roberto Gallardo and Mark Rembert Full ...

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