The Montana Public Service Commission approved the license of Uber on a 4-1 vote Tuesday, making them the first Technology Network Carrier (TNC) transportation company authorized to operate in Montana.

“By embracing advancing companies like Uber, Montanans not only have another option to get from one place to another, but there is now an additional incentive for existing transportation companies to improve as well,” said PSC Chairman Brad Johnson, R-East Helena.

During the 20-day protest period last month, the PSC received one protest of Uber’s application, which was from the Montana Authority Holders Association. Upon issuance of a deadline by the Commission for a Notice of Appearance, the protest was withdrawn, allowing the Commission to move forward with the approval of Uber’s application without a contested hearing.