Legislative

2021 Legislative Session

The 67th session of the Montana Legislature convened on Monday, January 4, 2021.   

MTA BILL TRACKING LIST WITH POSITIONS

MTA is actively engaged in the 2021 biennial Montana Legislative Session, which began in January and lasts for 90 “legislative days.”  Our primary objective is to facilitate an environment in which broadband providers—and their suppliers—can thrive and continue to deliver state-of-the-art broadband services to the communities they serve.  

That means we support policies that remove barriers to broadband deployment; or, on the other side of the same coin: we support policies that promote investment in broadband deployment.  The COVID pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of high-performance broadband in our personal and professional lives.  This fact is not lost on public policymakers.  Several broadband-related bills have been requested this Session.  MTA is working with legislators to craft appropriate legislative initiatives.  

For example, SB 51 will provide a property tax moratorium on new fiber deployment.  Other tax initiatives promoted by our newly-elected Governor are aimed at corporate income tax moderation and workforce training initiatives.  MTA is also working to establish a broadband infrastructure deployment program in Montana, one of a small minority of states that lacks such a program.  

As we’ve heard so often lately, we’re in this together!  MTA appreciates the support it receives from its associate members, and we’re working to improve the business environment that keeps all of us in the business of bringing broadband to our consumers. 

IMPORTANT LINKS

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