Call Today to Find the Perfect Bundle for you!
(406) 676-3300

Call Today to Find the Perfect Bundle for You!
(406) 676-3300

OUR TEAM

Our Mission

To provide superior and competitive telecommunications while contributing to the well-being of our community.

Our Team

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

Our History

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

1995- 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.

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300 Main Street SW  |  Ronan MT  59864

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Covid-19 Message

Access Montana values the health and safety of our team members and our customers greatly. We are closely monitoring the constantly changing events that surround the Coronavirus threat (COVID-19) and are adopting new procedures to help maintain a healthy environment for our team.

Access Montana has adopted the following plan, which will be in effect until May 31, 2020:

As of now, our sales office is open but is limiting access to customers that are dropping off and/or picking up equipment.

All operational buildings are closed to the public

We encourage all payments be made online at accessmontana.com, over the phone, or by check which can be mailed or dropped in our lockbox locations (300 Main St SW, Ronan Harvest Foods, or Pablo Family foods)

Access Montana will provide free internet installs to residential and small business customers

Access Montana will offer a $25 credit per month on internet services for new accounts

A $25 monthly credit for internet services will be offered to existing customers that have a member of the household in school or have switched to remotely working for their job. Please call 406-676-3300 and ask how to apply for this credit

Access Montana will refrain from suspending any customers that have been affected by COVID-19

Late fees for nonpayment will not be charged on the accounts also affected by COVID-19

We are taking these steps to assist our communities for dislocations that may arise as the threat of the COVID-19 progresses. As part of these steps, we want to also encourage anyone that is experiencing or has experienced flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days to please contact our office, by phone, prior to our team members being dispatched to a customer’s home or business for a service call or an install. Questions regarding customer’s health status will also be asked when scheduling calls. In turn, to assure your safety, we are asking the same of our team members.

Please continue to follow our updates on our website, accessmontana.com, and our Facebook page.