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Montana Economic Developers Association [MEDA] December News – and a special alert

A special alert:  Thanks to the MT CARES Act and coordination with several partners, a special MEDA Scholarship Round will be announced in the next few days.   Be on your email lookout for details.

Remote work can’t change everything until we fix this $80 billion problem

The U.S.’s rural areas still suffer from limited broadband availability. Addressing that may take both government investment and new technologies.

House Republicans Call for Audit of USDA Broadband Program

A group of House Republicans has asked the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to audit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Broadband ReConnect Program, which doled out more than $600 million in fiscal year 2020 for broadband infrastructure in local areas.

The Non-profit Missoula Valley Internet Co-op – This season give the gift of community internet!

With the overwhelming demand we have received from Missoula Valley residents in desperate need of a new alternative provider of fast and affordable broadband service we’re calling out to the community for donations to assist us in rapidly connecting homes and businesses that are in immediate need of our service during this challenging time. 

Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana Pay the Most for Internet in 2020

Competition is good for consumers. Areas that give people multiple options for internet providers give people the option to comparison shop and go with the best deal. But a lot of the US population has access to only one or two internet providers—so they have to choose from whatever is available.

Broadband Brings Varied Economic Impacts to Local Areas, States

During a National Telecommunications and Information Administration webinar, speakers discussed how broadband organizations can influence economic development projects, job numbers, local revenues and more.

States Tap Federal CARES Act to Expand Broadband

States’ efforts to expand connectivity using these federal resources have focused on four specific needs: increasing access to online learning for K-12 and postsecondary students, supporting telehealth services, deploying more public Wi-Fi access points, and investing in residential broadband infrastructure, especially in rural and underserved areas.

Coronavirus Accelerated Funding for Broadband, Now Communities Need to Catch Up

With dedicated funding for broadband from the second Congressional coronavirus relief package on the horizon, communities should start grassroots organizing immediately.

What Biden’s Plan for Universal Broadband Means for Your Business

The Biden administration has stated that it will support cities and local governments that want to build their own municipally-owned broadband networks.

Alphabet project uses light beams to bring broadband to remote regions

Project Taara is partnering up with a local telecom company to deliver wireless internet in Kenya.