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May 31, 2018

Tester Asks Nation’s Cell Carriers to Make Billings a 5G Pilot City

Senator: The Magic City is Ready for You

(Big Sandy, Mont.)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester is asking the nation's cell phone companies to establish a 5G pilot network in Montana's largest city.

Tester is asking carriers, including Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, to consider bringing early 5G service to the city of Billings.

"Billings is indeed a rural city-home to more than 100,000 people, making it a regional hotspot for business, health care, transportation, and culture,"
wrote Tester. "Its world-class hospitals and schools, its booming agriculture and refining industries, its expanding direct flights and its revitalized downtown district makes Billings a strong candidate for 5G investment."

The next generation 5G wireless service is expected to be up to 100 times faster than current data speeds and doesn't rely on cell towers, but instead on smaller cells spaced closer together.

5G service will likely expand in urban areas long before it reaches rural states like Montana. Tester says establishing a pilot 5G city in Montana will help the companies "understand the perspective and challenges of rural communities."

Tester also pointed out that Billings is the largest city in over 500 miles, making it a regional hub for thriving commerce in frontier America.

Earlier this year Tester successfully secured additional resources to expand wireless coverage across Montana through the Federal Communications Commission's Mobility Fund.

Tester is Montana's only member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees the nation's telecommunications laws. His letter to the carriers can be read HERE.

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


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
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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