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Feb 28, 2018

President Trump Signs Tester’s 13th Bill into Law

Senator’s Improving Rural Call Completion Act Improves Phone Service in Frontier Montana

(U.S. Senate)- President Donald Trump signed U.S. Senator Jon Tester's 13th bill into law, which will result in improved phone service across rural Montana.

Tester's Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act will #ConnectMT by directing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require out of state companies that transmit phone calls to register with the FCC and establish basic quality standards. Tester took up this issue after a 2012 study found that one out of every five calls made to rural areas via landline are still delayed, dropped, or disrupted.

"Across rural Montana and America, some folks are unable to rely on something as basic as a landline to call their family or run a business," Tester said. "It's important to me to bring Congress together to hold out-of-state phone providers accountable so Montana families and small businesses can get the reliable service they deserve."

Tester is a long-time advocate for rural call completion, having first introduced this bill back in 2015. He pushed the FCC to address this issue long before that.

Tester was recently appointed to the Senate Commerce Committee, where he is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, which has jurisdiction over issues of connectivity and call completion.

This bill is another step in Tester's #ConnectMT initiative, which seeks to connect folks across Big Sky Country-both online and in person-by investing in Montana's roads, bridges, broadband, wifi, cellular and landline infrastructures.

Tester's other 12 bills that Trump has signed into law are:


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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