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Next Generation Broadband in Montana

Montana cellphone, Internet infrastructure vulnerable to outages; new funding could help

Communities with fewer than 20,000 residents will be eligible for the new funding to expand high-speed Internet access. That means a whole lot of Montana communities will qualify. The first round of grant applications will be due to USDA by the end of April 2019.

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Montana Senator Jon Tester Secures $600 Million Investment to Expand High-Speed Internet in Rural America

Senator Was Only Member of Montana’s Congressional Delegation to Vote for the Funding

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Native Americans On Tribal Land Are ‘The Least Connected’ To High-Speed Internet

The low rate of subscription to a high-speed internet service — 53 percent — in these often rugged, rural areas underscores the depth of the digital divide between Indian Country and the rest of the U.S.

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Microsoft says the rural broadband divide is worse than you think

Politicians and regulators like to say they’re increasing access to broadband in rural areas, but the reality might be far less rosy. Microsoft has conducted a study showing that far fewer Americans have broadband access than FCC data suggests.

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USDA’s Rural broadband Plan Met with Citizen Criticism and Concerns

Slow speeds, bad coverage and expensive service.

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FCC proposes doubling speed requirement for rural broadband

Speeds would be on par with urban areas

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX wins FCC approval to put 7,000 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit

The decision Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission paves the way for SpaceX to build its full network of about 12,000 satellites intended to blanket the earth in wireless Internet access.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX wins FCC approval to put 7,000 Starlink Internet satellites into orbit

The decision Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission paves the way for SpaceX to build its full network of about 12,000 satellites intended to blanket the earth in wireless Internet access.

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Microsoft aims to improve rural Montana’s internet access, amid local skepticism

One of the largest technology companies in the world, Microsoft, has announced a plan to provide wireless broadband internet service to 50,000 people on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

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Rural Kids Face an Internet ‘Homework Gap.’ The FCC Could Help

District leaders are eager to pilot an ambitious, statewide broadband initiative.

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