CONQUERING

MONTANA'S DIVIDE

Montana’s independent rural telecommunications companies strengthen our communities by empowering education, expanding economic opportunity, improving access to health care, and connecting friends and family.

In a state celebrated for its wide-open spaces, rural telecoms are investing millions of dollars each year to build out the capacity and connections that will serve future generations of Montanans. Because a connected Montana is a stronger Montana.

On this site you can learn more about how we, the member companies and cooperatives of the Montana Telecommunications Association, are addressing Montana’s unique challenges. You can also download the full report, 2016 State of Rural Broadband in Montana.

We’ve Got Your Back(bone)

Providing service to 70 percent of the state’s geography, we are using broadband technology to connect communities all across Big Sky Country.

 

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Montana's fiber optic network

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2016 State of Rural Broadband Report

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Our connections, our strength

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What Works for Montana, Helps Montana Work

Telecommunications technology affects every aspect of our lives and livelihood.

Advancing education

Accelerating business

Expanding opportunities

Improving health care

Connecting families

Divided by Distance, Connected by Technology

Montana’s sparse population and vast open spaces create complex and unique challenges when it comes to building out a robust, future-proof telecommunications network. In this video, learn the scope of the challenge and what we’re doing to address it.

Wide Open, All In

We bring unique solutions every day to the challenges in our communities and beyond. By investing millions of dollars each year to expand and enhance our state’s fiber optic network, we have already connected over 100,000 square miles with a backbone that supports digital telephony, video, wireless, internet and other vital products and services.

To see how MTA members are helping Montana communities conquer the digital divide, click on any logo, below.

3 Rivers Communications

Serving Beaverhead, Cascade, Choteau, Gallatin, Glacier, Judith Basin, Lewis & Clark, Liberty, Madison, Pondera, Silver Bow, Teton and Toole counties.

Fiber investment since 2011: $70 million

Service area: 12,111 square miles

Subscriber density: 1.62 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 4,357

Blackfoot

Serving Granite, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Powell, Ravalli and Sanders counties.

Fiber investment since 2011: $5 million

Service area: 6,189 square miles

Subscriber density: 3.05 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 850

InterBel Telephone Cooperative

Serving Lincoln County.

Fiber investment since 2011: $25 million

Service area: 984 square miles

Subscriber density: 2.78 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 474

Lincoln Telephone Company

Serving Lewis & Clark County.

Fiber investment since 2011: $1.7 million

Service area: 509 square miles

Subscriber density: 2.66 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 80

Nemont

Serving Blaine, Daniels, McCone, Phillips, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley counties.

Fiber investment since 2011: $25.3 million

Service area: 13,465  square miles

Subscriber density: 1.36 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 4,552

Northern Telephone Cooperative

Serving Glacier, Liberty and Toole counties.

Fiber investment since 2011: $7.5 million

Service area: 3,036 square miles

Subscriber density: 0.42 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 955

Range

Serving Big Horn, Carter, Custer, Powder River, Rosebud and Treasure counties.

Fiber investment since 2011: $12.4 million

Service area: 12,212 square miles

Subscriber density: 0.35 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 1,168

Southern Montana Telephone

Serving Beaverhead, Deer Lodge and Silver Bow counties.

Fiber investment since 2011: $8.14 million

Service area: 2,029 square miles

Subscriber density: 0.56 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 413

Triangle Communications

Serving Blaine, Choteau, Fergus, Golden Valley, Hill, Judith Basin, Liberty, Meagher, Musselshell, Park, Phillips, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland and Yellowstone counties.

Fiber investment since 2011: $127 million

Service area: 23,453 square miles

Subscriber density: 0.74 per square mile

Miles of fiber: 5,384