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Tester Secures Funds For High-Speed Internet

In his continued push to Montana communities have access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet connectivity, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont, has secured $119.9 million through the American Rescue Plan Act to build out high-speed internet to 61,000 locations across the state.

This funding comes from ARPA’s Capital Projects Fund, which prioritizes building out internet infrastructure in areas that currently lack access to reliable internet.

“As a third-generation farmer living in a rural area, I’m no stranger to the challenges Montanans face when their community lacks reliable, high-speed internet access,” said Tester. “Since I came to the U.S. Senate, I’ve been working to increase highspeed internet connectivity across our state so that folks in rural Montana don’t fall through the cracks. That’s why I fought for this funding in the American Rescue Plan.”

Internet service providers that receive this funding will also participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectvity Program, which provides a $30 per month subsidy for low-income families.

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