Who knew that Montana was such a hotbed of telecommunications goings-on that three of the five Federal Communications commissioners would visit us in the past few weeks? The five Federal Communications commissioners have power over just about every front page technology issue out there; from net neutrality to Wi-Fi to homeland security. In other words, they touch just about every gizmo we use daily.
That’s why it was exciting to see three commissioners in Montana this month. Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel attended an outstanding tele-health summit hosted by Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She was joined by other key officials from the Veterans Administration and the USDA. The summit explored telemedicine, remote imaging, emergency care and other high speed opportunities that can vastly increase patient outcomes. KRMC is a leader in tele-health and, along with their guests, they used this opportunity to better inform others and explore new solutions. Republican commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly participated in Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines’ equally outstanding High-Tech Jobs Summit at Montana State University in Bozeman. Alongside an amazing lineup of speakers, the commissioners spoke enthusiastically about how technology has created new opportunities for entrepreneurship and business success in states like ours with an abundance of rural and small towns. They also met with entrepreneurs and small business leaders to exchange knowledge and ideas.