Yesterday the FCC released a draft order in their "Restoring Internet Freedom" proceeding that will be voted on at their December 14 open meeting. This is a seemingly dry yet very highly-publicized topic that you probably heard mentioned on yesterdays' national news, and you will be hearing it for a while. So what exactly is…Read more Net Neutrality and Restoring Internet Freedom – What Does it Mean for Us?
Our General Manager/CEO attended the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit earlier this month in Missoula, where attendees heard from speakers including FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Microsoft's President & Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith. The overwhelming theme of the event was the importance of broadband services, and the perception that most of Montana - especially…Read more The Digital Divide: Perception & Reality
I want to share with you today a great article that really describes WHY we do what we do everyday at Mid-Rivers, why we are building broadband in our rural communities as fast as we can, and why this month we will also be awarding $35,000 in grants to our rural communities. The Digital Spring: …Read more Saving Rural America
Through all the extra contact we've had with customers this week thanks to "Unlimited" data suddenly not being so unlimited (who knew, right? See this post, last paragraph), one big take-away was that it's not always easy to understand where your "data access" comes from. As long my phone says I'm connected and my Facebook…Read more Wi-Fi? Data? Internet? WTH?
Mid-Rivers' revolutionary Wide Open Internet service was recently featured in the national industry publication Telecompetitor. That level of exposure always comes with a certain amount of skepticism from the outside world, where corporate for-profit Internet Service Providers are public enemy #1 and there are those who believe the Internet is - or should be -…Read more Fairness, Customer Experience, & Rural Broadband
Our Mid-Rivers construction crew and two contractors have been installing fiber cable at a rapid pace this summer, which is one of the few positive things that comes out of having little to no moisture all year. Our own crew is nearing completion of a Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) build-out in the town of…Read more Feeding You Fiber
In Eastern Montana we take the concept of Independence very seriously. Many of our families ended up settling here because they had the tenacity to tough it out when others didn't. We value the independent spirit and the freedoms that we are able to enjoy in this country thanks to the sacrifices of so many.…Read more Independence Day