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To provide superior and competitive telecommunications while contributing to the well-being of our community.
At Access Montana, our people are our greatest asset. This hard-working and dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional customer service, embracing new technology, and supporting our local communities. With combined experience totaling centuries in the telecom industry, you can be assured your service will be installed, maintained and upgraded professionally and thoroughly. We are proud to say that our owners, management team, and employees all live in, work in, and enthusiastically support the communities we serve.
Our Core Values
Access Montana is guided by these five principles:
- We prioritize people and community first
- We practice open, real communication
- We innovate and constantly improve
- We optimize technology
- We provide exceptional customer care
- We behave professionally and honestly
Access Montana and the Preston family’s telecom roots in NW Montana span three generations. From a small, rural telephone company to a high-tech communications service provider, Access Montana has helped build the technology road in Western Montana.
1934- Grant and Garnet Preston acquire Hot Springs Tel. Co. (HSTC- now operating as a subtending “sister company”)
1954- Jay W. Preston hired as 1st GM of Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative
1960- Jay & Beth Preston buy Ronan Tel. Co. (RTC)
60s & early 70s- Ronan Telephone Company upgrades dial party lines
1978- Jay Wilson Preston joins Ronan Telephone Company
80s & early 90s- Ronan Telephone Company implements “host/remote” private telephone line service
1994- Ronan Telephone Company launches dial-up internet service
late 90s- Ronan Telephone Company expands internet throughout Lake, Sanders & Flathead counties as Access Montana
1999- Ronan Telephone Company launches DSL broadband internet
2001- Prestons form holding company, CommunityTel, Inc. (CT)
2002 – Ronan Telephone Company buys 3 FCC 700 mhz. license areas in Western Montana in collaboration with Blackfeet Nation
2006 – CommunityTel founded “Oki Communications” serving Browning, MT, in partnership with Blackfeet Tribe’s subsidiary, Siyeh Corp.
2007 – CommunityTel acquires CATV system in Lake, Sanders & Mineral counties operated as Western MT CommunityTel, Inc.
2009 – Ronan Telephone Company launches IPTV
2010 – Ronan Telephone Company launches “Montana West Project”, a public-private partnership funded by the federal ARRA of 2009 (“Obama’s Stimulus Bill”) with match capital provided by Ronan Telephone Company, consisting of RTC’s existing Mission Valley backbone fiber optic network. Montana West is a $19M fiber optic “middle mile” data network providing alternative next generation data transport and end user services in Missoula, Lake, Sanders, Flathead and Glacier counties on NW Montana, including services on both the Flathead and Blackfeet Reservations. Montana West was the only BTOP infrastructure project funded by the ARRA in Montana.
2011 – CommunityTel joins MT Sky Networks, Inc. acquiring CATV system in Libby & Troy in Lincoln Co.
2017 – CommunityTel sells ownership in “Oki Communications” to Siyeh Corp.