A sharp-eyed reader in Montana has reported that Cellular One (MTPCS) of Montana has decided to discontinue service as of the end of July, 2014. This leaves some rural properties still being operated by this Cellular One in Lousiana and Texas, and the Broadpoint network in the Gulf of Mexico. As with many shrinking local operators, Cellular One couldn't find a buyer for their network or their spectrum. AT&T will offer some discounts for Cellular One switchers and they also offer superior coverage on the old Alltel network.
Over the years we have been checking in with Cellular One to see if we could update our Montana coverage maps and found indeed, none of the areas shown as "future coverage" ever materialized. Also, Cellular One's Rating slips down a notch due to their need to roam on other networks for urban coverage.
It's also a shame that no other operator will step in take over the network. Even at "free" the network must be too expensive to operate. I'm sure we will hear more stories like this.