Sidney Herald: Tester scores victory for rural internet access

Montana U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s fight to increase rural Montanans’ access to fast, reliable internet is taking another leap forward.

Tester recently got the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay and review a rule that could discourage rural telecommunications companies from investing in new broadband internet infrastructure.

In Montana, rural telecommunication companies provide more than 1,000 jobs and help small businesses connect with their customers. Tester, who took his concerns over the rule to the president, says making it easier to develop and access high-speed internet will create new jobs and economic opportunities in rural America.