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.
The $64 million awarded to Gallatin Gateway-based Internet provider Montana Opticom last year has a new critic, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk.
A story in the Missoulian details the Dolan family’s political contribution history and tells of letters from Montana congressmen in support of Opticom’s first stimulus funding application.
A response from RUS Administrator Jonathan Adelstein to my story about the criticism of Montana Opticom’s $64 million stimulus award.
Competitors question wisdom of giving $64 million in stimulus money to Montana Opticom to expand rural broadband
A few more notes on Montana Opticom’s $64 million stimulus award to improve rural broadband in Gallatin County.
A local telecommunications company, Montana Opticom, has received $64 million in federal stimulus money to expand broadband Internet service in rural parts of western Gallatin County.