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MontanaSky embarks on big fiber project in Troy

| February 23, 2021 12:00 AM

MontanaSky is deploying fiber internet offerings to Troy homes, with project work starting as soon as the week of March 1.

The project will provide a “triple-play” of internet service previously unavailable to Troy residents: 1Gbps speeds, VoIP phone solutions, and MontanaSky IPTV.

“Fiber is the gold standard of internet delivery,” MontanaSky stated in a press release.

The state-of-the-art service will be made possible by rebuilding MontanaSky’s Troy coax plant with fiber.

Troy’s remote location has presented a challenge for internet providers: MontanaSky previously used mountaintop microwave links to deliver internet to Troy.

The prior solution limited the bandwidth available in the city of Troy, but the transition to fiber will bring in unlimited bandwidth.

MontanaSky also explained the biggest hurdle to bringing in fiber offerings was securing a direct fiber-optic feed into Troy. MontanaSky crossed that barrier in fall of 2020.

“This fiber to the home deployment provides a great many opportunities to upgrade business and community operations,” Tina Oliphant of Kootenai River Development Council said in the press release. “The bold investment of MontanaSky now sets up Troy to join the gigabit economy and attract a shifting workforce.

“Broadband is no longer a commodity, but essential infrastructure for our rural community,” Oliphant added.

The project to bring in fiber internet will be completed 100% locally, according to the press release. MontanaSky’s in-house fiber optic engineer designed the network, local crews and local contractors will construct it, and the local team of IT professionals will support it.

For more information on MontanaSky, the Troy fiber project, or to sign up for services, call 406-293-4335 or visit montanasky.tv.