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MATR Newsletter – February 8, 2021
The state with the best education wins!

Chattanooga, Tenn., Makes Economic Case for Municipal Broadband

According to a 10-year study, the municipally owned broadband utility of Chattanooga, Tenn., has brought about economic benefits in the billions. The research could play an important role in future political debates.

As of 2020, 22 states including Montana have laws that deter or even prohibit local governments and communities from establishing their own networks, according to the group Broadband Now. They’re in large part the result of lobbying from commercial providers who argue the laws are necessary to prevent unfair competition. Siefer says they continue to restrict communities from connecting everyone in need.  

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Great Falls Development Authority

Next Generation Broadband in Montana

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte

  • Capitol Talk: Guns, Voting And An Executive Power-Up

    Gov. Greg Gianforte wants to increase the power of Montana’s executive branch. Meanwhile, U.S. Congressman Matt Rosendale loses a battle with the national Republican leadership. And state Legislature moves toward making it harder to vote and easier to carry concealed guns.


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