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News from the office of Senator Steve Daines

Senator Daines shared news that Montana will receive $125,815,439.70 to invest in rural Montana by providing high-speed internet access to 45,984 locations.

 “This critical funding will help connect rural Montana, close the digital divide and bring some of our most remote areas of the state together through high-speed internet access. This is great news for rural Montana,” Daines said.

 These funds come from the Federal Communications Commission’s Rural Development Opportunity Fund. The six providers, the amount of dollars allocated, and number of locations they benefit are: 

—  Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative, Inc.; $12,703,077.60; benefits 2,687 locations

—  CenturyLink, Inc.; $28,379,920.90 and benefits 9,658 locations 

—  Commnet Wireless, LLC; will receive $5,964,913.70; benefits 2,078 locations 

—  Frontier Communications Northwest, LLC; $5,818,165.30; benefits 1,874 locations 

—  Rural American Broadband Consortium $226,116.00; benefits 209 locations 

—  Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; $72,723,246.20; benefits 29,478 locations 


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