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Montana Senator Jon Tester to FCC: Speed Up Your Efforts to Close Digital Divide in Indian Country During Pandemic

Senator: “The Commission has not done enough to bridge the digital divide on Native lands, particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 national health emergency”

The Farms of the Future Hinge on High-Speed Internet

During a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration webinar, experts dissected the economic potential of and roadblocks to precision agriculture technology in rural America.

USDA Expands Access to Broadband Infrastructure for Rural Businesses and Residents Under Select Rural Development Programs

Effective immediately, entities may be eligible to use up to 10 percent of a loan, grant or loan guarantee to build, improve or acquire rural broadband facilities and equipment in areas not served by a minimum acceptable level of broadband service which is 25 megabits downstream and 3 megabits upstream for both mobile and fixed service.

Too many farmers can’t get broadband. That’s a crisis for us all

Resilience and farming go hand in hand. If anyone can achieve the impossible, a farmer can.

The Idaho Department of Commerce awarded nearly $50 million awarded for broadband projects

The grants help fund broadband connectivity for more than 43,000 underserved households, the majority of which are in rural communities of less than 3,000 residents.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai touted false broadband data despite clear signs it wasn’t accurate

“The FCC should fine itself”: Pai relied on ISP’s impossible deployment claims.

SpaceX confirms Starlink internet private beta underway, showing low latency and speeds over 100Mbps

The public Starlink beta is still on track to kick off later this year.

Telemedicine and Montana’s digital divide

Although Montana is not currently among the 26 states Telehealth Access for Seniors serves, it would be hard to argue there isn’t a need for such a service. According to median age statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, Montana is the oldest state west of the Mississippi, and the Pew Research Center has found that about six in 10 American seniors don’t own smartphones.

2nd Annual Broadband Summit–“North State Connected!” – 9/30 – 11:00AM

Now more than ever, access to reliable internet is critical to the way we work, learn and do business.

Digital County Winners Invested Long Before Pandemic – How Does Your City (or State) Compare?

In the 18th annual Digital Counties Survey, leading jurisdictions had made investments in broadband, remote collaboration and digital citizen engagement long before COVID-19 tested whether they were up to the challenge.