Community Involvement

Trip of a Lifetime

Range Telephone Cooperative, Inc., in conjunction with the Foundation for Rural Service, is once again sponsoring an essay contest for high school juniors to win what has been referred to as a “trip of a lifetime”.

One high school junior will be selected to receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour, June 1 – June 5, 2019. He/she will be joined by over 100 other high school juniors from across the United States.

To enter the contest, students must write an essay on the following topic, “How important do you think access to high speed internet will be for your community and personal use in the next 5 years?” The essay should be typed, double-spaced, and no less than 400 words in length. Essay entries must be postmarked no later than March 1st, 2019, and submitted to: Range Telephone, Attn: General Manager, P. O. Box 127, Forsyth, MT 59327. Winners will be notified shortly thereafter.

To qualify, students, or their parents:

  1. Must receive their local phone service from Range and reside in one of the following exchanges – (In Montana — 342, 346, 347, 356, 421, 427, 436, 477, 554, 592, 757, 784, 828, 984 or in Wyoming — 283, 736, 737, 750, 758, 878)
  2. Must be a high school junior.
  3. Must have parental authorization.

Students attending the Youth Tour will gain a first-hand look at the telecommunications industry and receive education on government processes. Students will also have an opportunity to visit famous historical sites including the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Cathedral, the U.S. Capitol and Arlington National Cemetery. For more information and photos, please visit the Foundation for Rural Service website at


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