Wireless coverage to be expanded in rural Montana


MISSOULA, Mont. - Wireless service could be expanded to as many as one-million rural residents in Montana and Wyoming.

Sen. Steve Daines (R)-Montana has worked to secure wireless expansion to rural stretches of the west.

Daines spent the afternoon at T-Mobile in Missoula.

He met with T-Mobile's executive vice president of sales and operations Jon Freier.

The Federal Communications Commission provided final regulatory approval for T-Mobil to offer expanded service to Montana's under served populations.

Daines said the move provides more competition and will be a boon to the economy.

"When we're connected we have better access to the internet and to our businesses," said Daines. "And from a public safety viewpoint when we have better coverage we're able to get help when we need it. There are places across Montana where we have dead spots,"he said."When your cell phone is not going to work, having this additional coverage is going to provide better public safety for Montana."

T-Mobil's Jon Freier said the Missoula store is the first T-Mobile store in Montana.

He said in the next year other stores are planned in Kalispell, Bozeman, Butte, Helena and Bozeman.