Feds award $90M in rural Internet grants in Montana

Helena, Montana (AP) August 2010

The federal government has approved nearly $90 million to expand high-speed Internet access on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and in rural parts of Gallatin County.

The money is part of $1.2 billion in Internet grants announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The two Montana projects include $64 million awarded to Montana Opticom to expand broadband access to more than 18,500 people in rural communities in Gallatin County.

Another $26 million is going to Nemont Telephone Cooperative to provide improved Internet access to Brockton, Froid, North Poplar, North Wolf Point and Frazer within and around the Fort Peck reservation. The project also will include Poplar, headquarters of the Fort Peck Assiniboine-Sioux tribes.




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