Internet providers want tax break to install broadband

Internet service providers "are asking the state Legislature to give them a decade-long property tax break on fiber optics they install" in Montana. Geoff Feiss, general manager of the Montana Telecommunications Association said that, "Making it more financially appealing to install high-speed internet would help homes, schools, libraries and businesses in underserved, rural parts of the state." While there is currently a bill in the state senate to cut property taxes for internet service providers, the state Department of Revenue spoke in opposition to the bill, saying that "as more types of properties are exempted from taxes, it shifts the tax base to homeowners, including elderly people who struggle to pay property taxes and stay in their homes."

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