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Jan 13, 2017

Tester to Congress: Ensure Rural Call Completion

(U.S. Senate) - As part of his ongoing effort to #ConnectMT, Senator Jon Tester has once again introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the reliability of phone service that helps families and small businesses throughout the state.

"It's been almost 150 years since the telephone was invented," Tester said. "Since then we've developed broadcast television, sent folks to the moon, and invented the Internet. How is it possible then, that in this day and age, folks in rural Montana can't get reliable landline service? This bipartisan bill holds out-of-state service providers accountable to families and small businesses across Montana."

Tester's bill, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act, would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish basic quality standards for intermediaries who transmit phone calls across the U.S. Tester took up this issue after a 2012 study found that-despite improved cell phone and internet service throughout urban parts of the country-one out of every five calls made to rural areas via landline are still delayed, dropped, or disrupted.

Tester notes that this isn't just an issue of inconvenience. If rural communities can't rely on their landlines to consistently connect, families run the risk of not being able to reach 911 in an emergency, and businesses will lose their ability to provide service.

This legislation is part of Tester's larger initiative to #ConnectMT by improving rural call completion, investing in rural Internet infrastructure, and strengthening local radio and TV stations.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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