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Dec 13, 2018

Tester Secures $600 Million Investment to Expand High-Speed Internet in Rural America

Senator Was Only Member of Montana's Congressional Delegation to Vote for the Funding

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(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester today applauded a $600 million investment to expand high-speed internet in rural communities across the country.

Tester helped secure the investment in a budget bill in March, and he was the only member of Montana's Congressional delegation to support the funding for this new initiative.

"Schools, families, and businesses all need reliable access to high-speed internet to thrive," Tester said. "This funding will specifically help the country's most rural areas close the communication gap and bring new opportunities to folks across our state."

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will administer the new $600 million initiative, known as the "ReConnect Program," through loans and grants to local telecommunication companies, tribes, and municipalities.

Communities with fewer than 20,000 residents will be eligible for the new funding to expand high-speed internet access. The first round of grants applications will be due to USDA by the end of April 2019.

Montanans can access assistance from USDA during the grant application process by visiting the ReConnect Program's resource portal at https://reconnect.usda.gov/.

Tester earlier this week led the charge to pass a bipartisan Farm Bill that included development grants to expand access to high-speed internet in rural areas.

 

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.

Billings

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

Bozeman

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

Butte

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

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

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

Missoula

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

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