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Montana's State Broadband Website

Montana's State Broadband Website

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Montana Broadband

Connecting Across the Big Sky

Montana Broadband

Connecting Across the Big Sky

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Montana Broadband Program

The Program

The Montana Broadband Program is now closed. It ran from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2014.

One of the main goals of the Broadband Program was to collect broadband coverage data and submit that to NTIA, for developing national coverage maps. These maps and other information can be found at   For more information you can also visit the NTIA website.

Questions can be directed to the Montana Public Safety Communications Bureau.

Broadband touches all parts of Montana from economic development, education, healthcare, public safety, ranching, agriculture, and civic engagement. It is transforming the way businesses, large and small, function, communicate and grow.

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Access to the world through broadband helps to allow these entities to create and disseminate information, literature, forms, policies, and business at a rate of speed and level that could not otherwise be achieved. Broadband, what was once considered a convenience is now increasingly looked at as an essential medium for delivering these services.

The Montana Broadband Program implemented a state-wide broadband service availability map. NTIA provided guidance for the project and defined the specific data to be collected, the level of mapping detail, and final data formats. The results of the mapping effort become part of National Broadband Map. One element of the program was to collect broadband data, specified by NTIA, on the Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in Montana and whether or not they have broadband services. The Montana Braodband Program has facilitated regional discussions across Montana on broadband and related topics. These discussions were designed to help expand community visions, disseminate technical information about the availability of broadband access, and assist communities in understanding what types of broadband services they had and what they would like to strive for in the future.

The overal goal was to facilitate the integration of broadband and information technology into state and local economies. Economic development, energy efficiency. Advances in education and health care rely not only on broadband infrastructure, but also on the knowledge and tools to leverage that infrastructure.

Program Funding

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Capitol Building, Helena Montana


The Program was funded through the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) program, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

In addition to these federal funds, the 61st Montana Legislature appropriated $300,000 for broadband mapping in the Montana Reinvestment Act (HB 645), signed into law by Governor Schweitzer on May 14, 2009 (Chapter 489, Laws 2009).

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