The Great Internet Outage of 2018

The great Spectrum internet outage in Great Falls has finally come to an end; it lasted from about 7 p.m. on Thursday until about 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.


“Internet Hole”

Gizmodo posted an article about internet speeds across the U.S. broken down roughly by state, and looky at this: And how does Gizmodo describe the Treasure State? “The metropolitan Northeast, Florida, and most of Arizona come in pretty strong, while the enormous internet hole called Montana is pinned between the techy Northwest and the suddenly oil-rich North Dakota.” I’m sure that some people will see this map and think, “Holy crap, Montana internet speeds SUCKS!…


SoFast Problems?

Hearing some grumbling about folks in Great Falls having trouble with SoFast, a local internet service provider. The SoFast.net website is down, and phone calls to them result in only busy signals. Any of you (a) having trouble with SoFast service, and/or (b) know what’s going on? UPDATE: Some of you may know Mark Mathson of Keenpath, a friend of mine and local technology consultant; he’s offered to help businesses get back online with e-mail…


ISP Advice

Got an e-mail from a regular reader and hope you guys can offer some advice: Hey Dave!! Glad to hear you decided against “Silicon Valley”!! haha. Hey, I am wondering if you know of any good reliable, inexpensive, local ISP’s? I have been with 3 Rivers for 3 years now & was notified by them that they are discontinuing their ISP service as of June 1st. Any ideas? I’ve read about Bridgemaxx, but they sound…


BridgeMaxx Update

Well, at least I tried it. Plugged in the magical box, watched the lights dance around for a few minutes, and then waited for the Signal Strength bar to kick in. Waited. Waited. But nothing. Moved to a different outlet, closer to a window. Still nothing. So I guess BridgeMaxx isn’t quite ready for prime time – at least in my neighborhood. The “location, location, location” premise seems to be true; if you live near…


Internet via BridgeMaxx

I wandered by the BridgeMaxx table at the mall last week and took a look. I’d seen the van around town, and knew that they had moved in to the old Verizon location near Target, but wasn’t sure exactly what it was. Now I know: it’s high-speed internet service, but with a neat twist. It’s a box – about the size of a hardback book – that plugs into your computer on one side, and…


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