CASCADE – Cable TV and Internet provider Spectrum announced on Friday that this fall will bring high-speed Internet and related services this fall to Cascade, a city of 800 people south of Great Falls.
Spectrum, which serves Montana’s major cities and many other smaller cities, has brought high-speed Internet to 11,000 homes previously not served in Montana in the past two years, an official from the company said.
Cascade residents already have Spectrum cable TV, but the new service will include Internet with download speeds of 100 megabytes per second (mbps), wireless, telephone and high-definition channels.
U.S. Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont. Also attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Cascade, and said the update will allow Cascade residents to match places like nearby Great Falls when it comes to high-speed Internet access. speed.
“This is a big step forward for Cascade today,” he said. “It will bring world-class Internet speeds to Cascade.”
While the Cascade expansion is funded by private investment (spectrum), it is important that Congress continues to work on funding and other steps that can bring broadband services to rural communities, said Daines.
“It’s a full-field press in Washington DC to make sure we have resources to help bridge this division and bring the Internet at high speed,” he told MTN News. “It is important for work, it is important for public safety and telemedicine is now discovering that it is becoming a very important tool throughout Montana. And we are seeing that moreso too, linked to the Covid-19 pandemic “.
Spectrum said it hopes the new Cascade service will be available by the end of November and that it is considering similar efforts in other smaller Montana towns.