Tester Gets $15 Million From Bipartisan Infrastructure Act To Bring High-Speed ​​Internet To Rocky Boy

August 24, 2022

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Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program to provide broadband infrastructure to 770 homes

As part of its recently signed bipartisan mandate Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act (IIJA) and the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021US Senator Jon Tester today got $15,300,356.84 in Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) to the Chippewa Cree Tribe to install broadband infrastructure and bring high-speed Internet to 770 homes on the Rocky Boy Reserve.

Tester was one of four other Democrats and five Republicans to negotiate the bipartisan IIJA, and was the only member of Montana’s congressional delegation to support the legislation.

“High-speed Internet is essential to the success of students, families and small businesses in the 21st century,” says Tester. “For too long, the federal government has ignored the needs of people in Indian Country, which is why I was proud to work with tribal leaders and secure important investments for their communities through my bipartisan infrastructure act. . These resources will allow people to stay connected, continue learning outside of the classroom, and help start and grow small businesses on the Rocky Boy reservation.

TBCP funding will go to the Chippewa Cree Tribe to install fiber and fixed wireless infrastructure to directly connect 770 Native American homes to high-speed fiber-to-the-home internet. The TBCP program was created and funded by the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2021 and Tester’s IIJA provided an additional $2 billion to the program.

As part of Tester’s bipartisan IIJA, the administration announced its Internet for All initiative, which includes the TBCP, and will build Internet infrastructure, teach digital skills, and provide the technology needed to ensure that everyone in America — including rural communities, communities of color, and older Americans — have the access and skills they need to fully participate in the 21st century economy.

The tester worked across the aisle for months negotiating the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act with a group of five Republicans, four Democrats and the White House, and he was the only member of the Montana congressional delegation to vote for it. The Tester Act is expected to create more than 800,000 American jobs and reduce costs for businesses by making targeted investments that will strengthen our nation without raising taxes on working families.

A list of the provisions of the legislation can be viewed HERE.