Progress in expanding broadband access

The Agricultural Broadband Coalition welcomes the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act included in the just-signed 2018 Farm Bill. Coalition co-Chair Nick Tindall says, “U.S. farmers and ranchers are deploying more and more data-driven technologies and solutions in their operation, and their need for reliable broadband connections in the field is intensifying. This important provision highlights this need to expand broadband services, including mobile coverage, to U.S. croplands and ranchlands.” Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau, says bringing together the USDA, the Federal Communications Commission, along with public and private stakeholders to address the needs of precision agriculture ensures current and future generations of farmers and ranchers will have the necessary connectivity to achieve their goals. Brian Cavey, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for CoBank says, “Rural communities depend on broadband to keep their businesses competitive in the marketplace. The inclusion of the connectivity provision in the 2018 Farm Bill is an important step towards developing widespread broadband internet access across America’s farmland.”

 
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