Bozeman declares broadband as essential infrastructure

Bozeman commissioners continued their push for citywide high-speed internet, which would take a lot of buy-in from businesses and developers to become a reality.

City commissioners declared broadband an essential piece of Bozeman’s infrastructure with a unanimous vote Monday.

“The future belongs to the connected and the internet is both the workplace and the marketplace of tomorrow,” Mayor Cyndy Andrus said.

Commissioners said the vote is a message to people building in town that the city wants businesses and homes to have the chance to run on a fiber-optic internet network. Proponents have said it can attract high-paying tech jobs and entrepreneurs.