Gov. Gianforte signs landmark investment in broadband expansion


Gov. Gianforte signs SB 297 with (seated left to right) Sen. Jason Ellsworth, executive director of RCEDA Jessica Foster, Rep. Sharon Greef, and (standing left to right) general manager of Ravalli Electric Co-op Mark Grotbo, mayor of Hamilton Dominic Farrenkopf, director of Bitterroot College Victoria Clark, and CEO of Grizzly Broadband Jason Pond.

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Gianforte signed into law the ConnectMT Act, providing $275 million in federal funds to expand access to reliable broadband across Montana.

"Too many of our communities, particularly in rural and frontier Montana, don't have access to reliable broadband," Gov. Gianforte said in Hamilton. "Greater access to broadband will increase opportunities for Montanans, whether in ag or high-tech or other Montana industries, but we need to get more cable in the ground. Today, we make a historic investment to close the digital divide. I thank Sen. Ellsworth for being a champion fo...

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