Working Together to Improve School Broadband infrastructure in Montana

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House Bill 390, Broadband for Montana Schools, provides a state match to the Federal E-Rate program to subsidize improvements in schools’ broadband infrastructure. With $2 million available over the next two years, schools in Montana have an unprecedented opportunity to build or expand their broadband infrastructure for low or no-cost to the school. In these information sessions, you will learn program rules, how to apply for Federal E-Rate fund and the State Match, and how to access FREE planning and implementation resources! Rich in Montana-specific case studies, these session will cover:

  • A brief overview of the Federal E-Rate Program
  • Understanding your District’s Broadband Needs: Technologies and speeds in relation to your digital learning goals
  • Calculating the cost of an upgrade and how to leveraging Federal, State, and private funding
  • Understanding HB 390, Broadband for Montana Schools
  • Tips and Techniques for Successful Applications: A Panel Discussion

Live Session Locations:

October 9th, 11 am – 1 pm | Missoula, MT – 915 South Avenue, Missoula, MT 59801 – Business Building Boardroom

October 10th, 11 am – 1 pm | Bozeman, MT -404 W Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59771 – Boardroom

October 11th, 11 am – 1 pm | Great Falls, MT – 1100 4th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405 – Aspen Conference Room

October 12th, 11 am – 1 pm | Billings, MT – Lockwood School District, 1932 Hwy 87 East, Lockwood, MT 59101 – Room 508

Lunch included at all live sessions

Virtual Session Dates and Times:

October 9th, Go to Meeting, 11 am – 1 pm

October 11th, Phone Meeting 11 am – 1 pm

Please RSVP for any of the sessions above at:

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