SOURCE: Blackfoot Telecommunications Group

Blackfoot Telecommunications Group

April 12, 2011 13:34 ET

Blackfoot's Rewards Are Their Members Rewards

MISSOULA, MT--(Marketwire - Apr 12, 2011) - Joan Mandeville, CEO of Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative, announced today that over 19,500 checks will be mailed on April 15, 2011 to 22 communities with an overall distribution of $1,048,000 in capital credit returns. "Blackfoot seeks to provide members with the highest quality service at the most affordable rates. Each member builds an ownership interest by purchasing services from Blackfoot, and each year the Cooperative returns part of this investment back to each member. As a member owner, Blackfoot's rewards are our members' rewards, whether it's a capital credit check or proving educational opportunities to our members, schools, and communities."

2011/2012 Education plans discussed at the upcoming Annual Meeting on May 7, 2011

  • In February 2011, Blackfoot, Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC), and Energy Partners continued their commitment to education initiatives by donating over $23,000 in state-of-the-art technology equipment to 45 schools* in Blackfoot's service area and 33 rural schools throughout western Montana. Since 1989, rural community schools in western Montana have received over $360,000 in technology equipment.
  • For the third consecutive year, Blackfoot is offering free Internet training throughout the Cooperative communities from May 10 - June 9. The Easy Access Internet classes are open to all ages. For registration and details, please call 541-5020 or email
  • Each year, Blackfoot awards $16,000 in scholarships to post secondary students served by Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative. Awards are determined by the scholarship committee, with a minimum award of $500. This year's 2011 awardees will be announced in late May on our corporate website at, along with details on how to apply for scholarships in 2012.
  • Coming August 2-5, 2011, Blackfoot's second annual Education Technology Conference (ETC) will highlight best-in-class technology uses for Cooperative teachers to stay on top of technology trends. Teacher attendees will learn how to implement the latest Smart Board technologies, new hand-held devices and videoconferencing into their curriculum. This free conference for Blackfoot member owners will qualify teachers for continuing education credit through the University of Montana and OPI. For registration and details, go to

To learn more about Blackfoot's community support and education initiatives, capital credits, and the State of the Cooperative, attend the 58th Annual Meeting on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:30am in the University Center Ballroom at the University of Montana.

* Schools Benefited by the EEE program in 2011: Alberton Elementary, Alberton Junior High, Alberton High, Arlee Elementary, Arlee Junior High, Arlee High, Avon Elementary, Charlo Elementary, Charlo Middle, Charlo High, Clinton Elementary, Clinton Middle, Condon Swan Valley, Dixon Schools, Drummond Schools, Elliston Elementary, Gold Creek Elementary, Hall Elementary, Helmville Elementary, Noxon Elementary, Noxon Junior, Noxon Senior High, Ovando Elementary, Paradise Grade, Philipsburg Elementary, Philipsburg Junior, Granite High, Plains Elementary, Plains Middle, Plains High, Potomac Elementary, Salmon Prairie Elementary, Seeley Lake Elementary, Seeley-Swan High, St. Ignatius Middle, St. Ignatius High, St. Regis Schools, Superior Elementary, Superior Junior, Superior High, Thompson Falls Elementary, Thompson Falls Junior, Thompson Falls High, Trout Creek Elementary, and Trout Creek Middle.

About Blackfoot Telecommunications Group Blackfoot (Blackfoot) Telecommunications Group was originally established in 1954 as Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative. Blackfoot is a technology leader. They help create classrooms without walls. Connect families and businesses so they can work and play anywhere. And, protect people and property with security monitoring technologies that provide freedom to live and work independently or internationally. VOICE | DATA | NETWORKING | SECURITY. Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, Blackfoot employs more than 140 Montanans. Call 406-541-5000 or click today,

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kate Olney
    Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
    Phone: (406) 541-5020
    Fax: (406) 532-5018

    1221 N. Russell St.
    Missoula, MT 59808