President Trump is pushing rural Internet access. Here’s what Montana is doing already

President Trump signed an executive order and a presidential memorandum in Nashville on Monday afternoon directing his administration to use “all viable tools to accelerate the deployment and adoption of affordable, reliable, modern high-speed broadband connectivity in rural America.”

According to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Progress Report, 39 percent of rural Americans, roughly 23 million people, do not have access to high-speed internet.

“I will take the first step to expand access to broadband internet in rural America so you can compete on a level playing field, which you were not able to do. Not fair,” President Trump said.