Connecting Montana to Greater Possibility

Tara Thue – President, AT&T Montana
June 16, 2023
Broadband Access and Affordability


Connecting Montana to Greater Possibility

Investing in our Communities

In Montana, we invested more than $90 million in our wireless broadband network infrastructure from 2020-2022 to connect more people to greater possibility.

We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected through life’s defining moments, whether you’re hiking, camping, learning or fishing. That’s why we’re focused on boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. We’re working to help residents get the best possible AT&T experience wherever they live, work and play.

For more than 100 years, we’ve been investing in our Montana communications network and local communities to help Montanans stay connected to family and loved ones. We’re also working with community leaders to provide students access to tools and resources to help narrow the digital divide.

Committed to expanding connectivity, our investment focuses on all facets of the network  —including FirstNet,® Built with AT&T.

  • Supporting First Responders by Expanding the Nation’s Public Safety Network: As America’s public safety communications partner, we’re giving more of the public safety community access to their network. With FirstNet, we’re helping connect first responders in more than 60 communities across the state.
    • FirstNet includes unique benefits for first responders like always-on priority and preemption, high-quality Band 14 spectrum to keep public safety mission ready.
    • We’ve rolled out Band 14 on more than 200 sites across Montana to provide public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. Areas currently benefiting from Band 14 include Billings, Lincoln County, Toole County, Daniels County, Mineral County, Deer Lodge County, Fergus County, Beaverhead County and Prairie County.

At AT&T, we believe every American should be connected to the internet and we’re working with governments and non-profit organizations to make it happen. We’re on track to deliver on our $2B commitment between 2021-2023 to help bridge the digital divide and tackle barriers to broadband access, adoption and affordability.

  • AT&T is participating in the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to help make broadband more affordable for millions of American households. In Montana, eligible households can apply the federal benefit to AT&T wireless plans with data, such as PREPAID1 and Cricket Wireless.”
  • We created AT&T Connected Learning to invest in digital inclusion, digital literacy and digital learning solutions to help today’s students and their families succeed wherever they learn – at home, in the community and in the classroom.

Good news is always great to share. Here are a few highlights from the last year in Montana:

  • November 2022 | Increased service in southwestern Montana. We significantly increased capacity in the historic town of Livingston, surrounded by four mountain ranges and at the edge of the Yellowstone River. This investment will also provide better coverage for sections of Interstate 90 and U.S. Route 191.
  • December 2022 | Improved connectivity in Big Horn. We added new cell site infrastructure near the Crow Indian Reservation to enhance connectivity for members of the Apsáalooke Tribe. This cell site will also enhance coverage for a section of U.S. Route 91.
  • December 2022 | Enhanced coverage on key transportation routes. I-94 Corridor: We added two new cell sites on I-94 covering Kinsey and Nichols to help improve capacity for traffic, improve public safety capabilities in the event of an accident, and support nearby fire departments. U.S. Route 93: We’ve improved connectivity for Olney, which sits in the heart of the Kootenai National Forest, and a section of US 93, a major highway that provides transportation to the Canadian border.
  • December 2022 | Increased capacity in Flathead County. We’ve enhanced coverage in the charming community of Evergreen, and along U.S. Route 2, which is just a short drive to Glacier National Park.

To keep up with all the latest updates from AT&T Montana, follow us on Twitter @ATTPublicPolicy and linkedin.com/tarathue.

1 Limit of one ACP benefit per household.

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*About AT&T

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