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Bringing fiber-based connectivity to our communities.

A message from CEO, Jason Williams

Blackfoot Communications is, and always has been, deeply committed to the communities we serve. We strive every day to provide exceptional customer experiences. In 2016, we began an extensive multi-year, multi-million dollar project to replace the aging copper portions of our network with fiber optics. Fiber-based services will ensure the long-term availability of high speed broadband, voice and other advanced services for decades to come.

To date, this project has been a huge success. But now, we want to do even more. Blackfoot’s Board of Trustees, its dedicated employees and I have set an ambitious goal of bringing fiber-based services to every home and business in our service territory. Finishing our entire service territory will take upwards of 15 years to complete and cost as much as $200 million. Blackfoot has recently received an increase in the amount of federal Universal Service funding it receives. While this federal support is not nearly enough to replace all of our existing copper network with fiber, it is enough for us to get started on the vision of bringing fiber to you.

Importantly, as we replace our aging copper network with fiber, we will need to construct new fiber drops directly to each of your homes or businesses. This means we will need to enter your property to plow new fiber lines. Even if your copper-based service works fine today, we still need to plow fiber as we will be decommissioning and shutting off our copper network over the coming years.

We know how disruptive plowing new fiber to your home or business can be, so we want to work with each individual property owner to minimize any disruption this may cause. After we plow the fiber drop, we will do our best to restore your property to its original condition, including planting new grass seed for lawns and otherwise leaving the landscape undisturbed as best we can.

As indicated, this entire fiber project (for our whole service territory) will take upwards of 15 years. Please be patient with us as it is by far the biggest undertaking Blackfoot has ever done. Know that we are working diligently on planning, designing and engineering this effort. To learn more about this project and to find out when fiber will be coming to your area, please view our FAQs below, call us at 406-541-5000 or complete our Property Access Consent Form.

We are thrilled to bring fiber-based services to your homes and businesses, and I thank you for continuing to place your trust in Blackfoot.

Our network upgrade is a multi-year project.

2016

Multi-year network upgrade project announced

2017

St. Ignatius network upgrade begins

2018

Arlee/Charlo network upgrade begins

St. Ignatius network upgrade completed

2019

Thompson Falls network upgrade planned

Arlee/Charlo network upgrade continues

2020

Thompson Falls network upgrade continues

Island Park network upgrade planned

2021

Plains network upgrade begins

Thompson Falls network upgrade continues

Island Park network upgrade continues

2022

RDOF: Areas around Georgetown Lake and towards Anaconda

Plains network upgrade continues

2023 / 2024

RDOF: Bitterroot Valley to the South of Darby including Conner, West Fork and East fork areas

2025

RDOF: Upper portion of Lolo Creek to the Lolo Hots Springs area

2026

RDOF: Outside of Condon around the Swan Lake corridor up to the edge of Ferndale

These are our trusted partners.

Delivering fiber to rural communities poses unique challenges, including rugged terrain and spanned distances between connections. As we determine the best routes to serve your homes and businesses, Blackfoot has hired two engineering and construction firms to work alongside us in this process, Diversified Solutions and Mid-State Consultants. You may see these partners working in your communities.

Browse our frequently asked questions.

Request your fiber consent form.

Completing your fiber consent form is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Click the red Begin Signing button
  2. Fill out the consent form
  3. Click submit, and you’re done! (We’ll be in touch shortly to update you with next steps.)
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