Contact Us

Cell Service Improves in Western Montana

Photo courtesy of yisris/Flickr

It’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago, I was totally anti-cellphone.

In fact, my parents basically forced me to carry one when I was in high school so they could check up on me whenever they felt like it. It was a huge burden, both physically (it was one of those old-school Nokias that looked more like a walkie-talkie than a cellphone) and socially (I was expected to call and report my every move so they knew where I was at all times).

Fast forward to college, where my phone became a lifeline that connected me to friends, family, classmates and roommates. Pretty soon, I felt naked without it. If I accidentally left it at home, I would spend the day feeling vulnerable and lost. What if something happened and I couldn’t call anybody? What would I do?

I often get that same feeling when I’m driving through one of Montana’s many “dead spots” — you know, the remote rural areas where cell service drops off. I always wonder what I would do if my car broke down in a place like that. Could it be that I might actually have to — gasp! — wait to flag down an actual person instead of calling AAA?

Well, according to a recent Missoulian article, there soon will be mobile phone and Internet coverage in more areas of western Montana, thanks to the activation of new cell towers in three locations: Condon, Huson and the Noxon Reservoir area.

The towers, which are operated by AT&T, will expand coverage along the section of Montana Highway 83 between Seeley Lake and Swan Lake; along Interstate 90 between Frenchtown and Alberton; and on Montana Highway 200 southwest of Kalispell.

That’s good news, not only for the residents of those areas, but also for passing motorists.

So for now, I will go ahead and keep AAA on speed dial.

Brooke is a 2010 graduate of The University of Montana, where she ran track and cross country for the Grizzlies. She is currently working as a writer and editor in Missoula.

Best of KYSS

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KYSS Corral quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KYSS Corral contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.