A group of 26 U.S. Senators, including both from Montana, have signed on to a letter to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission asking… Read More »Senators ask FCC to reform rural broadband investment rules
Catching up on some late news: [The Missoulian reports](http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/missoula-council-oks-k-for-extreme-broadband-internet-study/article_b93a3b1e-c1c6-11e2-89c2-0019bb2963f4.html) that Missoula’s city council is spending about $13,000 on a study to find options to improve… Read More »Missoula studying broadband options for businesses
The USDA [announced Wednesday](http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2013/05/0085.xml&contentidonly=true) that a $20.8 million loan to a Montana telecommunications company to help improve rural broadband service. InterBel Telephone Cooperative in Eureka,… Read More »Eureka telco awarded $20M USDA broadband loan
Internet provider CenturyLink is in the news today for good or ill. The Associated Press and other outlets [report](http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505250_162-57481222/centurylink-gets-$1.9m-for-mont-rural-broadband/) that the company will receive $1.9… Read More »CenturyLink gets money for rural broadband and other news
Montana Opticom, the ISP that in 2010 received $64 million in federal stimulus money to lay fiber-optic cable for broadband in the western portion of Gallatin County, recently applied for permission to bury some of that cable on forest service land.
Where I come from, WoW stands for World of Warcraft, but apparently the good people of Missoula County now say it stands for Web on… Read More »The Web goes mobile and parks itself in Bozeman
The $64 million awarded to Gallatin Gateway-based Internet provider Montana Opticom last year has a new critic, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk.
The University of Montana is one of about 30 universities that has joined the University Community Next Generation Innovation Project or Gig.U.
A $70 million federal loan to expand rural broadband in northern Montana will also improve Internet service for people in Big Sky and Ennis, an… Read More »Ennis and Big Sky to see better Internet service from $70M broadband loan
Some news outlets have reported this week that Montanaâ€™s Internet access speeds are the worst in the country and that this could leave our rural areas â€œeconomically crippled.â€ While I do not dispute the fact that we have some slow Internet access statewide, I would like to remind everyone to take such pronouncements with all due consideration.
The speed news comes from November 2010 data published by Speed Matters where Speed Matters says, in bold red type, that Montana ranks last in the country in Internet speeds. Its data shows that Montanaâ€™s median download speed is 0.4 mbps and that our average is 1.2 mbps â€” they also note that the FCC defines â€œbroadbandâ€ as at least 4 mbps down and 1 mbps up.
Letâ€™s be clear about one thing. If you go to the Speed Matters website and visit the interactive map of Montanaâ€™s speed test results, youâ€™ll see that the website lists how many tests were conducted in each county.
The majority of Montanaâ€™s speed data comes from counties where fewer than two dozen people have taken the Speed Matters test.Read More »Take reports of Montana’s terrible broadband speeds with a grain of salt