ABOUT BROADBAND IN MONTANA SCHOOLS
The Broadband for Montana Schools Program will enable schools to upgrade their broadband, boosting access to high-speed Internet and providing students with more digital learning tools.
Made possible through House Bill 390, Broadband for Montana Schools provides a state match to leverage broadband funds available through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E-rate program for Montana’s public K-12 schools.
Schools can now access $2 million in funding over the next two years to upgrade their broadband infrastructure. When leveraged with FCC E-rate program funds and local funding HB 390 could trigger up to $20 million in much-needed broadband investment for schools.
The Department of Commerce is working with E-rate consultants to assist school leaders with the application for the Broadband for Montana Schools Program and the FCC E-rate Program.
Interested K-12 public schools, districts, and consortia can email staff at DOCBroadband@mt.gov or call 406-841-2770 regarding any questions about the Broadband for Montana Schools Program.