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Four Points Press – Journalist begins digital media outlet on Crow Reservation

After 20 years of reporting for print media, area journalist Luella Brien has started her own digital news outlet that covers the Crow Indian Reservation and surrounding areas.

Is your state ready to handle the influx of federal funds for expanding broadband?

The US$42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program, known as BEAD, requires each state to generate a five-year action plan laying out how it will use the funds, including a process for prioritizing locations that are classified as “unserved” or “underserved.”

How States Are Using Pandemic Relief Funds to Boost Broadband Access

This funding is separate from the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will provide an additional $65 billion to help policymakers address high-speed internet access and adoption.

There’s $2B for Broadband on Reservations. It Won’t Be Enough

The recently approved US infrastructure law aims to close the digital divide for Native peoples. But the demand far outstrips the money allocated.

‘Hearing the Music of Someone’s Voice’ – A Podcast Looks for Nuances of Rural Stories

Now entering its second season, Reframing Rural podcast pivots from portraits of rural life and its people to discussing solutions for rural communities.

New program helps older population connect with new technology

Missoula Aging Services has a new program called Lifelong Connections that is helping the older population connect with new technologies like Zoom and telehealth services.

What is Starlink? Inside the satellite business that could make Elon Musk a trillionaire.

Starlink is a broadband internet service, specializing in the expansion of coverage to rural and remote communities. It accomplishes this by launching a “constellation” of satellites into low Earth orbit via SpaceX rockets.

Google tries to make finding a doctor less of a nightmare

New insurance and language filtering tools could help.

TONIGHT!!! – Maintaining Civility in an Age of Division: University of Montana Mansfield Dialogue December 1 – Online

Does civility still exist in politics? Join four retiring long-time Montana legislators who will discuss how civility has changed in their communities and in the state Capitol, as well as their ideas on how to foster civil discourse in the political arena.

Communication is key: Montana Language Services in Bozeman provides translations as Montana and Northern Rockies become more diverse.

With Montana’s growing population there has been more of a need for language accessibility and Montana Language Services in Bozeman aims to help businesses and people as well as the community across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, get that language access.