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Under Social Distancing, Rural Regions Push For More Broadband

Rural America sees a chance to build out its broadband infrastructure using the momentum of coronavirus federal aid.

We’re Shuttering The Havre, Montana Herald

Thousands of Montanans, mostly Hi-Liners, read our stories weekly. If views and social media engagement paid in nickels, I could’ve hired an entire editorial staff to bark orders at.

MTPR StoryCorps to record remote interviews of Montanans in virtual visit

Reservations to record will be available at 10am MDT on May 20, 2020 and can be made by calling StoryCorps’ 24-hour toll-free reservation line at 1-800-850-4406 or visiting or

RVs available for healthcare workers self-isolating from family members

RVs for MDs has partnered with companies like KOA to provide a place for the medical professionals to park the vehicles. The group is powered completely by volunteers like Sarah Cox.

Virtual International Wildlife Film Festival from Missoula, Montana reaches nearly every state, 25 countries

“We’re not going to make any serious decisions right now about next year obviously because who knows where we’ll be, but I think we probably will consider doing a virtual package again.”

TDS bringing 1G broadband to 88,000 homes and businesses in Spokane

The 1,100-mile fiber-to-the-home network will ultimately connect more than 88,000 homes and businesses across the community.

The FCC hands Sinclair Broadcasting largest civil penalty in agency’s history

The stories resembled independently generated news coverage that aired during the local news or as longer-form stories aired as 30-minute television programs without identifying the true sponsor of the content, the FCC said.

After COVID, telecommuting could play a role in easing Missoula’s traffic challenge

Future transportation needs won’t look the same in the post-pandemic era.

Tester Joins Bipartisan Call for Better Access to Telephone-Based Health Care for Montanans without Broadband

Senator: “Your access to healthcare should not be determined by your access to broadband”


Google Meet video conferencing is now free for anybody

People won’t be able to just click a link and join a meeting — they’ll need to be logged in. That is so meetings can be better controlled by their hosts, hopefully eliminating the possibility of Zoombombing.