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Future Proof: Economics of Rural Broadband

Comparing Terrestrial Technologies & Investment Considerations to Meet Increasing Consumer Broadband Demands. A Greenfield Rural Broadband Case Study.

A white paper prepared by Vantage Point Solutions, Inc. for the Foundation for Rural Service.  Read Article

May 2021

Blackfoot Communications is committed to supporting the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program

Today, Blackfoot Communications announced it is working to help build consumer awareness about the Emergency Broadband Benefit, a new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program. The temporary benefit will help to lower the cost of broadband service for eligible households during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more

May 25, 2021

GOV. GIANFORTE ANNOUNCES COMMISSIONS TO DISTRIBUTE ARPA FUNDS

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced four commissions to provide recommendations for allocating federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.  Read more

May 19, 2021

Why is Montana 51st in Internet access and what can we do about it? 

Tune in to hear MTA General Manager Geoff Feiss visit with Eric Young from Northern Broadcasting on why Montana is rated 51st in broadband rankings. Click here for the full audio recording. 

April 29, 2021


MTA Press Release: Legislature Passes Game-Changing Broadband Bills

The 2021 Montana Legislature adjourned on Thursday after passing several bills designed to move Montana out of the bottom of the rankings among other states when it comes to access to quality broadband infrastructure. Of particular significance are SB 297, HB 632 and SB 51.  Read more

April 30, 2021


Is the FCC’s reverse auction fatally wounded or just bloodied?

Examining the flawed outcomes of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund process—and the future of funding for rural broadband.  Read more

April 29, 2021


Browning’s SiyCom is state’s newest rural telecommunications company

The Montana Tele-communications Association (MTA) is pleased to welcome Siyeh Communications (SiyCom) of Browning as a new Telcom member. 

SiyCom, is a chartered communications utility on the Blackfeet Reservation and is authorized by the Blackfeet Tribe to provide communications and information services as a matter of the public convenience and necessity. Read more

April 28, 2021


Blackfoot Communications is expanding its home and business service coverage

FEBRUARY 2, 2021 – MISSOULA, MONTANA – Blackfoot Communications today announced plans for bringing fiber-based broadband internet services to portions of Western Montana, including areas around Georgetown Lake, the far southern portions of the Bitterroot Valley, the Highway 12 corridor west of Lolo and the Swan Valley.  Read more

February 3, 2021


The Economic Impact of Montana's Cooperatives

The Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) and Montana Council of Cooperatives (MCOC) have released an analysis by the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) which explores the effects of cooperative operations on Montana’s economy.  The findings are significant.  Read more

January 5, 2021