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True Leadership! - Montana Governor's Executive Order Would Force Net Neutrality:


Most efforts underway to restore so-called net neutrality face big obstacles and would take many months, if not years, to succeed. But in Montana, the governor plans to use the stroke of a pen to bring ...


Internet providers balk at net neutrality bills:


Internet providers pushed back Thursday against legislation that would require them to continue offering accessible and open Internet service in Washington. Those laws aren't necessary because the ...


FCC Won't Redefine 'Broadband;' Move Could Have Worsened Digital Divide:


Internet activists just got some unexpected good news from an unexpected source. Last summer the Federal Communications Commission floated the possibility of lowering its threshold for connections to ...


Why fixing US infrastructure matters: $9 per household per day putting it in perspective:


The average household would save $9.31 a day by 2025, by one estimate, if the federal government fixed deteriorating roads, public transit, and other infrastructure. But as President Trump prepares ...


A conversation with Montana-born 'Dark Money' documentarian Kimberly Reed:




Nearly two dozen attorneys general sue to block FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules:


The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun. A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia sued ...


Montana Governor Steve Bulloc Asks Commission to Develop Revenue Streams for State Parks:




Democrats say 50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations:


Fifty Senate lawmakers have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to deregulate the broadband industry, top Democrats said Monday. The ...


How robo-call moguls outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list:


When you add your number to the list, nothing actually happens. No legal muscle or technological wizardry suddenly prevents a solicitor from calling you. The FTC is like a commercial fisherman trying ...


With Gas Taxes in Peril, More States Study Alternatives:


The idea of charging drivers for the miles they drive instead of the gas they burn is not new. But states are still sorting out how it might work. Oregon, California and other states have proved ...


Montana Senator Jon Tester Hosts Town Hall Meeting in Great Falls - Only one doing it in Montana:


Tester https://www.tester.senate.gov/ is the only member of Montana's Congressional delegation to hold in-person town hall meetings over the past year. Senator Talks Public Lands, Veterans' Affairs, ...


Senator Tester Solicits Feedback from Montanans on Infrastructure Needs:


Senator Hosts Roundtable in Billings and Sends Survey Far and Wide As Congress begins to draft a major infrastructure bill, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today sat down with Billings community leaders ...


Idaho lawmakers undergo anti-harassment training:


Idaho lawmakers on Jan. 9 underwent anti-harassment training following the wave of sexual misconduct allegations across state legislatures, businesses and entertainment industry. "It's not ...


Podcast - Could Iceland's Equal Pay Law Work in the U.S.?:


Listen to the podcast: Wharton's Janice Bellace, Penn's Janice Madden and University of Iceland's Thorgerdur Einarsdottir discuss Iceland's new gender pay gap law. The New Year ushered in a new wage ...


Senator Jon Tester's Great Falls Town Hall - 1/15:


I will be hosting an in-person town hall meeting in Great Falls on Monday, January 15, 2018 to hear from Montanans face-to-face. The decisions made in Congress this year with affect our health ...


Net Neutrality to Get U.S. Senate Vote as Democrats Force Issue:




Congress prepares to knock down barriers to broadband expansion in rural America:


On the heels of President Trump's orders to expand broadband access, Congress is preparing to follow suit with an aggressive push to make high-speed Internet service more readily available in rural America. Rep. ...


U.S. Department of Interior plans to move thousands of workers in the biggest reorganization in its history:


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke launched an unprecedented effort Wednesday to undertake the largest reorganization in the department's 168-year history, moving to shift tens of thousands of workers to new ...


'Montana's economy is kicking a little': Lawmakers cautiously optimistic after revenue report. Special Session may not be needed.:


Lawmakers are cautiously optimistic after a revenue report released Wednesday showed the state may bring in more money than estimates that triggered a special session in November. "I wouldn't want ...


Senator Tester Calls on House to Curtail Invasive Government Surveillance:


Senator Defends Montana's Civil Liberties by Pushing Bipartisan USA RIGHTS Act (U.S. Senate)- U.S. Senator Jon Tester is joining a bipartisan group of lawmakers to call on Congress to protect ...


City council members give update on Missoula's water:


In Missoula, the public Tuesday had the chance to get an update on Mountain Water Company, six months after it's purchase by the city. People gathered tonight at city council's chambers to ask the ...


Montana Senator Jon Tester Joins Senate Commerce Committee to Fight for Montana Businesses:


Senator: Our State's Economy Will Be Front and Center U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that he will be joining the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The Committee ...


FCC Uses Bogus Data to Show Big Increases in Broadband Access:


At the end of the year, the Federal Communications Commission released data that it knows to be inaccurate, which will damage the lives and livelihoods of millions of our fellow citizens who live and ...


Net neutrality debate heats up in Montana after FCC ruling:


Let's just call them Generation Net. Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester had wrapped up a presentation to Billings high school students and opened the floor for questions when the subject of net neutrality ...


Montana Senator Jon Tester Holds Wells Fargo Accountable for Fraud, Helps Get Victims Their Day in Court:


Senator's Questioning of Wells Fargo CEO Forces Bank to Drop Forced Arbitration Motion Against Victims of Fraud U.S. Senator Jon Tester's high profile grilling of the Wells Fargo CEO has resulted ...


SEnator Tester: Use Capitol Christmas Tree to Rebuild Glacier National Park's Sperry Chalet :


Senator Works with Private Partners to Secure a Historic Home for a Memorable Tree U.S. Senator Jon Tester is asking the Architect of the Capitol to allow the Capitol Christmas Tree to be hauled ...


Trump Justice Department Pushes for Citizenship Question on Census, Alarming Experts:




Federal Tax Cuts Could Make Montana Special Session 'Strong Possibility':


There's a "strong possibility" that Montana will have to call a special legislative session if the state is correct in how it's interpreting recently-passed changes to federal tax laws. That's according ...


Montana Senator Jon Tester fields questions from Kalispell High School students as part of his "Montennial" tour:


Senator Jon Tester https://www.tester.senate.gov/ (D-MT) got some tough questions Friday as his "Montennial" tour continues. They didn't come from the media but from Kalispell students. Senator ...
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Silicon Valley's biggest lobbying group says it will help sue the FCC over net neutrality:


The major trade group representing Facebook, Google, Netflix and dozens of other tech firms in Washington said Friday that it plans to join a multi-pronged legal attack against the Federal Communications ...

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