LOCAL BUSINESS NEWS

Ziply Fiber rolling

out service to
Troy are customers

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…several months and years, its Ziply Internet (DSL) customers also will begin seeing service
improvements. Part of Ziply Fiber’s investment is going to work that’s well underway to improve its core and aggregation network, across which all Ziply internet traffic travels. While there’s still more work to be done, by improving the quality, capacity and reliability of those critical network components,
customers of all types of services will benefit.

Ziply Fiber’s primary service offerings are Fiber Internet and phone for residential customers;
Business Fiber Internet and Ziply Voice services for small businesses; and a variety of Internet, networking, and voice solutions for enterprise customers. A full listing of products and services can be found at get.ziplyfiber.com.

 

Ziply Fiber is local in the Northwest, headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, and has major offices in Everett, Washington; Beaverton, Oregon; and
Hayden, Idaho. Most of Ziply Fiber’s executive team, which consists of former executives from AT&T,
CenturyLink and Wave Broadband, either grew up in the Northwest or have spent the better part of 30 years living here. That local ownership and market familiarity is an important part of the company
mindset and culture.

Ziply has added fiber to more than 400 home
and business locations in the Troy area as of June 14, 2021 and expects to be adding hundred of additional locations soon.  To stay abreast of the progress
and learn more about how to sign-up for more
information, please visit get.ziplyfiber.com/troy.

 

Submitted by Ziply Fiber

 

FVCC ongoing Fall Registration

Flathead Valley Community College offers new ways to write
your future. FVCC’s ongoing Fall 2021 registration period is offering students of all ages a sense of hope and possibility for what’s next.

High school graduates who postponed the decision to attend college amid the pandemic are pondering a new direction for their futures and currently registering for FVCC this Fall semester.

Recent high school graduates are not, however, the only ones
looking to start their college journey. Individuals of all ages with
previous life and work experiences are considering programs that will launch them into a new career. Some programs provide career and technical training in as little as one year.

FVCC offers classes that satisfy the Montana University System’s general-education requirements and that transfer to colleges and
universities nationwide. The hub of the Flathead’s higher education and workforce training community, FVCC also offers many career and technical degrees that put students at an advantage in securing local jobs through partnerships with area employers.

“FVCC faculty and staff are excited to welcome students to campus for the upcoming 2021-22 academic year,” said FVCC President Jane A. Karas. “We encourage anyone who has considered starting or returning to college to reach out and learn more about our courses and programs. Through many education opportunities at FVCC, we can help students of all ages discover a new purpose and career path.”

Students may apply for admissions at fvcc.edu/apply. FVCC’s Fall Semester begins August 25. For a full list of in-person and online
summer and fall courses, visit fvcc.edu/course-schedules.

For more information about how to register for classes, call

406-756-3880 or email fvccadvisor@fvcc.edu.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program offers
assistance in obtaining broadband access

The FCC announced on May 12 that consumers can begin applying for and enrolling in the Emergency
Broadband Benefit Program .

In the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Congress appropriated $3.2 billion to the FCC to help low-income households pay for broadband service and connected internet devices.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month for broadband services for eligible consumers.

Consumers who live on qualifying Tribal lands
can receive enhanced support of up to $75 per month toward broadband services.

Additionally, the program provides a one-time device discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider. The one-time discount requires a consumer co-payment of more than $10 and less than $50.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is temporary.
It will expire when funds are exhausted or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declares the end of the COVID-19 health
emergency.

The FCC engaged the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to implement the EBB
Program, using the framework of the Lifeline
program, an existing FCC program to help provide affordable voice and broadband service to low-income consumers. The EBB Program will leverage Lifeline systems like the Lifeline National Eligibility Verifier, the National Lifeline Accountability Database, and the Lifeline Claims System for subscriber eligibility, enrollment, and service provider reimbursement.

Explore the USAC Website. Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program by exploring the EBB program pages on the USAC website.

– See which households are eligible for the benefit,

– Learn how to get started as a participating
service provider.

– Register for and watch recordings of informational webinars.

The USAC will update its web page as additional information is available. To stay up to date on the EBB Program, sign up for the EBB Program email list.

Contact the Emergency Broadband Support
Center: Email at EBBElection@usac.org or call us for assistance at (833) 511-0311.

Consumers looking for information on the
Emergency Broadband Benefit should visit
GetEmergencyBroadband.org or
fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

 

This informational tip on broadband assistance brought to our Montanian readers by Ziply Fiber