Montana Senator Jon Tester wants the Federal Communications Commission to improve phone service in rural areas.

Tester, in a press release this week, said that many people in rural areas still depend on traditional landline telephones for everything from business and personal calls to emergencies. And he said that they are experiencing an increase in dropped or delayed calls, poor voice quality and more. He said seniors are especially hard hit when companies cut back on service to rural areas.

Tester said the FCC's own study showed call failure rates were "significantly higher" in rural areas than in non-rural areas.

He requested FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to have the commission "continue promoting best practices and use all authorized and appropriate enforcement powers" to solve the problems.