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Get the picture? Charter customers line up for digital cable boxes

Get the picture? Charter customers line up for digital cable boxes

Charter Communications customers who woke up without a picture on their television Tuesday morning seemed to know just how to get it back.

November 18, 2014 4:30 pm Photos


Unplugged: Political race costs popular weatherman his job

Unplugged: Political race costs popular weatherman his job

A campaign for state Legislature by popular longtime radio weatherman John Pulasky has turned into a forecast for trouble.

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Billings Police to begin using encrypted transmissions

Billings Police to begin using encrypted transmissions

The Billings Police Department will no longer be broadcasting its radio transmissions between officers and from officers to dispatchers on frequencies that can be picked up by police scanners.

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Better Business: Don't redial that call or you could fall prey to phone cramming scam

A few months ago, I heard my cellphone ring in my purse. As I was fishing it out, the ringing stopped. It seemed curious and I wondered if it could have gone to voicemail so quickly. So I looked to see who was calling. The number was from “Unknown” and wasn’t one that I recognized. I went th…

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Montana inmate telephone charges already in line with new caps set by FCC ruling

HELENA — A federal ruling capping what it called “exorbitant” long-distance telephone rates charged to prison inmates across the nation won’t affect state prisoners in Montana, which already charges rates at or below the new cap.

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Have You Heard? Steak ‘n Shake diners to make Montana debut

Have You Heard? Steak ‘n Shake diners to make Montana debut

Georgia native Spencer “Spence” Erwin and his wife, Mary Catherine Erwin, came to Montana to ski and wound up moving here.

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Authorities seek zombie-warning hackers

Authorities seek zombie-warning hackers

DETROIT — Warnings about the zombie apocalypse may seem pretty amusing, but officials say they're dead serious about figuring out who hacked into the nation's public warning system to broadcast such messages in a handful of states.

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Scanners muted as city agencies switch to digital radio system

Scanners muted as city agencies switch to digital radio system

On Tuesday last week, the familiar crackle of radio traffic and the chatter of Billings police officers and local dispatchers on scanners across the city went silent, and it's not coming back.

January 23, 2013 5:30 pmLoading…

Grant to boost mobile Internet coverage in Colorado, Wyoming

DENVER — A fund set up to help eliminate dead zones for wireless Internet service nationwide is awarding nearly $33 million to expand coverage in eight Colorado counties and almost $23 million to serve three Wyoming counties.

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FCC slaps Casper radio station owner with $68,000 fine

CASPER, Wyo. -- Nearly a year ago, a Federal Communications Commission inspector tuned in to several radio frequencies in Casper and heard music where it didn't belong.

July 27, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

CenturyLink gets $1.9M for Montana rural broadband service

Federal officials say telecommunications giant CenturyLink, Inc. is getting $1.9 million to provide rural broadband Internet service in rural areas of Montana.

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Gazette opinion: Voters need to know who's bankrolling campaigns

So far this year, groups outside of the candidates’ campaigns have spent $172.2 million to influence federal elections, according to

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Disclosure of political spending on TV going online – but not for Montana stations

Editor’s note: An avalanche of campaign spending by special-interest groups is expected this election season in Montana, and its source can be difficult to track. Today’s story is the first of a two-day series on efforts to track this spending — or not.

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PSC to hear comments on federal telephone assistance programs

A Public Service Commission-sponsored roundtable discussion in Helena on Monday will address federal reforms expected to affect most telephone companies in Montana.

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Have You Heard: Café DeCamp decamping to Montana Avenue

Another business is picking up and heading to Montana Avenue, an increasingly vibrant and fun street.

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Rural customers blame phone companies for big increase in dropped calls

Rural customers blame phone companies for big increase in dropped calls

Last February, Chris Valentine’s family in Great Britain had to call her hillside home near Birney almost a dozen times before they could reach her.

February 26, 2012 12:10 am Photos


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Bulldogging the FCC

Bulldogging the FCC

When her boss calls her a bulldog, Deb Gardner smiles and accepts the compliment.

February 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Rural U.S. losing calls, FCC fails to answer

HELENA — Last week, 24 U.S. senators, including Montana's Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus, sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission urging it to take "the necessary actions to protect consumers and ensure that the widespread and frequent occurrence of undelivered calls to rural…

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Federal loan will boost Internet speeds in central, southern Wyoming

CHEYENNE — More than 1,000 Internet users in central and southern Wyoming will soon see a jump in their Internet speeds, thanks to an $11.4 million federal loan announced Monday.

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5 Casper radio stations temporarily go quiet

CASPER, Wyo. — The five radio stations in Casper owned by Mount Rushmore Broadcasting went off the air Wednesday for technical reasons, the company president said Thursday.

August 18, 2011 11:45 pmLoading…

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