Two telcos to receive USDA funding to boost rural broadband (Broadband Properties Magazine) May 3, 2013


Two rural telecommunications companies in Nebraska and Montana will receive funding to expand broadband service, according to an announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The funding is one of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

PSC launches survey concerning access to high-speed internet (MT Standard) April 7, 2013

The Montana Public Service Commission is launching a survey to identify areas that lack high-speed Internet service as the agency prepares to recommend future broadband deployment projects

PSC trying to improve internet in rural areas (Beartooth NBC) April 2, 2013

Commissioners are launching a survey to identify areas of Montana that lack high-speed internet service, as the agency prepares to recommend future broadband deployment projects. The commission is beginning discussions with Century Link and other carries about increasing broadband services. District 5 Commissioner Bill Gallagher says spreading broadband to schools as well as other community anchor institutions with inadequate internet service is a priority.

Montana to gauge where internet service is needed (Business Week) April 2, 2013

The Montana Public Service Commission is looking to find out which parts of the state lack high-speed Internet services so it can recommend future broadband projects.

Montana delegation fights to expand high-speed internet access (Max Baucus Press Release) February 21, 2013

Montana’s Congressional delegation is fighting to increase Montanans’ access to high-speed internet in order to spur economic development and create jobs.

Hospitals should provide health care — not build telecom networks (Daily InterLake-Guest Opinion from Geoff Feiss) September 16, 2012

MT: An article in the Daily Inter Lake (“Fiber-optic line makes health links”) sings the praises of a new fiber-optic telecommunications network being built by the Kalispell-based Health Information Exchange of Montana, a consortium of Northwest Montana health-care providers.

Sounds great, right? Wrong. The Health Information Exchange is a waste of our money. It substantially duplicates telecommunications network infrastructure already in place – infrastructure built for all of us, not just health-care providers. Such duplication discourages further investment in broadband facilities by private telecom providers. And it puts doctors in the business of telecommunications network operations – a far cry from their core mission of providing health care.

Fiber-optic line makes health links (Daily InterLake) August 29, 2012

A consortium of five hospitals and two community health centers ushered in a new era in Northwest and North Central Montana on Tuesday with the dedication of a 425-mile fiber optic network.

Fiber optics boost Idaho co-op (Electric Cooperative Today) August 13, 2012

Just outside the western entrance of Yellowstone National Park is a man-made marvel that’s been making headlines recently, thanks to an electric cooperative.

In a festive July 31 ribbon-cutting ceremony, a crowd of community and business leaders was on hand to watch officials from Fall River REC  and the town’s vice mayor mark the completion of a fiber optic project, the first of its kind in West Yellowstone.

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