Billings, other Montana schools begin paying for some students’ home internet amid remote shift

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Update textbooks, fix computers, beef up cleaning supplies — all were part of schools’ usual supply and to-do list during summers. While the COVID-19 pandemic has increased needs in some existing categories, it’s also cracked the door on a new supply for schools to provide — internet access at students’ homes.

Several school leaders in Montana have put small-scale plans in place to address what they view as a long-simmering equity issue. Public school districts in Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls all began or will begin to pay for some students’ home internet access.

“If public schools can’t do that quickly and in a robust and proficient way, then parents are going to go elsewhere,” Moore said.



Montana Telecommunications Association

MTA members are dedicated to enabling connectivity that strengthens our communities by empowering education, expanding economic opportunity, improving access to health care, and connecting friends and family from Big Sky Country and beyond.


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  1. Russ Fletcher on July 20, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Children in Montana shouldn’t have to take up a collection to have Internet access in their homes so they can do their school work. What is the lack of broadband doing to Montana’s future leaders?

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