Kevin Nelson was recently in the middle of his 3,800-acre farm in northeast Montana, where the landscape stretches out like an ocean, when his tractor broke. He tried to find a cellular signal strong enough to send a photo of the broken part to a repair shop 65 miles away, but failed.

"It's really frustrating," Nelson, 47, said about the poor reception. "We keep being told it's going to improve, it's going to improve."

Now it's not likely to improve anytime soon.

Plans to upgrade the wireless service near Nelson's farm halted abruptly this month when President Donald Trump issued


Subsidies cut off