The Association


On May 17, 1955, the Montana Telephone Association was founded in Great Falls, MT. Now called the Montana Telecommunications Association (MTA) and located in Helena, MT, MTA continues to provide public policy advocacy and consultation, communications, training and education, industry events and related services to independent rural telecommunications service providers throughout Montana. 

MTA member companies provide advanced telecommunications services to business and residential consumers in Montana. MTA members have over $500 million of fixed investment in place, and they invest nearly $100 million each year in capital and operating expenditures. With tens of thousands of miles of fiber optic facilities (over 25,000 miles) deployed throughout the state (see the Montana Fiber Map), MTA members provide access to high-speed broadband Internet service to the vast majority of their customers. To learn more about how MTA members are conquering the challenge of low population density and high deployment costs, download the State of Rural Broadband Report.

Montana Telecommunication Association’s ConnectMT™ Initiative, announced in March 2014, adopts a goal to deliver up to gigabit broadband speeds to Montana’s school, libraries, and other anchor institutions. MTA members took a major step in fulfilling this commitment by announcing that every school they serve would have fiber connectivity by the end of 2017. By investing in tomorrow’s technology today, MTA members are connecting rural Montana to the future.