Tech startup provides internet alternative

Helium is blowing up in the Flathead Valley — the technology start-up firm, that is.

Jeff DuPuy, a local tech enthusiast, is spearheading the deployment of a radio system that acts as an alternative to traditional internet services.

Dupuy is working with “other nerds across the country” to bring the benefits of the Helium system to Montana communities.

Helium uses a series of small radio receptors installed a few miles apart from one another. The devices communicate together using Helium’s block chain technology to provide a long-range internet system.