NORTHERN TELEPHONE THANKS MONTANA’S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATES FOR THEIR SUPPORT!

In February, Northern Telephone Cooperative’s Board of Directors sent a letter to each of Northern’s members explaining how recent and ongoing actions taken by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are threatening Northern’s operations.

Last week, Northern Telephone, along with other rural telephone companies across the U.S.,asked members of Congress for assistance in alerting the FCC of the harmful impacts of theiractions. As a result, more than 60 members of Congress, including all 3 of Montana’s delegates, signed letters this week to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski urging the FCC to alleviate the impacts of their actions on rural telephone companies and their customers.

In the Senate, John Thune (R–S.D.) and Mark Begich (D–Alaska) sponsored the Senate letter, which was co-signed by 17 senators including Montana Sens. Baucus and Tester. In the House, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R–Mo.) sponsored the House letter, which was co-signed by 43 representatives including Montana’s Rep. Rehberg.

Hopefully the letters will result in the FCC taking a more thoughtful approach that ensures Northern Telephone can continue to provide advanced telecommunications services to those who work and reside in this beautiful, but sparsely populated part of the country.

Northern Telephone greatly appreciates the support of Senators Baucus and Tester and Representative Rehberg. If you see Max, Jon or Denny out and about, please remember to thank them for all they do to support rural Montana.

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