The Broadband for Montana Schools Program enabled schools to upgrade their broadband, boosting access to high-speed Internet and provided students with more digital learning tools.
The Broadband for Montana Schools program was authorized during the 2017 Legislative session in House Bill 390 and awarded to school projects throughout the 2019 Biennium. The program provided state match funding to leverage broadband funds accessible through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) E-rate program for Montana’s public K-12 schools.
The Department of Commerce worked with E-rate consultants to assist school leaders with applications for the Broadband for Montana Schools Program and the FCC E-rate Program. Project activities are underway for schools who were successful in receiving funding, and will be completed by 2022.