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Bill Could Help Bring High-Speed Internet To Montana

Feb 6, 2018

Montana’s Republican Senator Steve Daines helped reintroduce a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would bring high-speed internet to rural parts of the state.

In a press release, Daines says the bill cuts red tape and better allows companies, state and local governments to install broadband infrastructure on federal land.

Network cables.
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It would also allow states to install broadband conduits as part of certain federal transportation projects — like building a new highway or digging out a new lane.

According to a recent report by the Federal Communications Committee, almost half of rural Montanans can’t get fast internet.

Daines’ bill was first introduced in 2015, but it stalled in committee.