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An unexpected $15,000 gift

3 Rivers uses FCC’s relaxed restrictions to help community libraries and schools.  Any funding for a community library is beneficial, but a $15,000 grant from 3 Rivers Communications for the Big Sky Community Library – during all the uncertainty a pandemic provides – was an unexpected gift. Don Serido, Marketing Manager for 3 Rivers Communications explained in a library press release that a few things made the grant possible. The Federal Communications Commission relaxed restrictions on gift-giving from telecommunications providers to E-Rate recipients.  Read more
 

August 6, 2020


RANGE, ACT, DTE, AND RT UNITE TO BECOME ONE COMPANY

Range will combine network capabilities and industry expertise enhancing the customer experience.  Read more

August 4, 2020


Boosting broadband: Forest Service may change permits, access

From time to time, backcountry travelers notice an unusually tall and odd-looking tree in the forest: a clumsily camouflaged communications tower.

Those towers, and more obvious collections of cell-phone and data relay stations, could get technological updates soon based on directives from Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Read more

July 5, 2020


Economic Affairs Interim Committee letter to Gov. Bullock urges working with private providers to encourage broadband expansion.

Click here to read the letter.  

July 2, 2020


The COVID imperative: Connect rural America now

Amid the national debate about reopening the economy, one powerful lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic is now self-evident to all: Broadband is essential infrastructure for every community — and America must prioritize ensuring all of its citizens are connected to this vital modern resource. Read more

June 2, 2020


Gary Bolton: Under the Stress of COVID-19, the Networks That Held Fast Were Symmetrical Fiber Broadband

During this pandemic, broadband networks across the world have been put to the ultimate stress test, expected to support an overnight transition to work-from-home for most businesses, multiple video users from households for two income knowledge worker families plus distance learning sessions for children.  Read more

May 29, 2020


Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee

Comments of the Montana Telecommunications Association

May 21, 2020


Robocalls

Implementation of the TRACED Act Section 6(1) - Knowledge of Customers by Entities with Access To Numbering Resources.  Comments of the Montana Telecommunications Association.

May 15, 2020


Can broadband keep up with demand during the pandemic? 

The coronavirus pandemic has led to unprecedented demand for broadband internet service, and a Senate hearing Wednesday focused on what the tech industry is doing to keep up with telework and students doing distance learning.  Read more

May 13, 2020 


NTCA study on contributions reform  

EXPERT REPORT OF MICHAEL A. WILLIAMS, PH.D. AND WEI ZHAO, PH.D.  Read report

May 7, 2020


Momentum builds for rural broadband bailout as coronavirus chaos spreads

After providing little relief to broadband companies in the latest COVID-19 relief bill, lawmakers are coalescing behind a $2- billion fund to prop up rural providers whose customers can’t pay.  Read more

May 4, 2020


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