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Welcome to the
Montana Telecommunications Association

 
On May 17, 1955, the Montana Telephone Association (MTA) was founded in Great Falls, MT.  Now called the Montana Telecommunications Association and located in Helena, MT.  MTA continues to provide government affairs, communications, training and education, trade shows and related services to independent telecommunications service providers throughout Montana.  The Association represents the rural telecommunications sector before the Montana Public Service Commission, other state and federal agencies, Congress and the Montana Legislature.

MTA member companies provide advanced telecommunications services to business and residential consumers in Montana. MTA members have over $500 million of fixed investment in place, and they invest over $50 million each year in capital expenditures.  With tens of thousands of miles of fiber optic facilities deployed throughout the state (see the Montana Fiber Map link), MTA members  provide access to high speed broadband Internet service to over 80% (and often near 100%) of their customers.  MTA members employ hundreds Montanans, with a payroll of $50 million in salary and benefits.

MTA's ConnectMT™ Initiative, announced in March 2014, adopts a goal to deliver up to gigabit broadband speeds to Montana's school, libraries and other anchor institutions by 2020.  By leveraging the substantial broadband investment that MTA members have already put in place in Montana, MTA will work with our partners in the public sector and other key stakeholders to determine how much bandwidth our anchor institutions need, when, where and at what cost.  We are already well on our way to achieving our goal with gigabit fiber backbone facilities deployed throughout the state and fiber connections directly to many of our anchor institutions today.
 
 

Montana Telecommunications Association
208 North Montana Avenue, Suite 105
Helena, Montana  59601
Telephone: 406-442-4316   
Fax: 406-442-8243

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