Farmers Will Benefit from Broadband

The following was published in Morning Ag Clips on July 10, 2019 It was submitted by the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation Virginia agriculture could grow 18 percent if broadband is extended to underserved communities RICHMOND, Va. — A new national report found that Virginia agriculture could grow by 18 percent if broadband technology is extended to underserved communities. “In the …

Rural Connectivity Necessary for Agriculture

The following published in DairyBusiness on July 8, 2019 Connectivity is needed in rural areas to make the best of use technology in agriculture The Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas in June on “The Future of Food” showcased technology, innovation and ideas that will make agriculture more efficient, productive, profitable and safe. To make these advancements accessible to all Americans, broadband connectivity …

VIDEO: Getting Up-to-speed on Broadband Legislation

This quarter has seen a flurry of broadband legislation and programs aimed at increasing high-speed internet access and adoption across the country. Connected Nation’s (CN) policy team tracks these developments closely as the nonprofit works to get broadband deployed in even the most unserved of communities. Tom Ferree, CN’s Chairman & CEO, recently talked with RFD-TV about the work lawmakers …

VIDEO: Nebraska Rancher on Why Broadband Matters to Rural America

Honest Beef is a family-owned beef business located in the Sandhills of Nebraska. RFD-TV recently talked with owner Hannah Raudsepp about broadband’s (high-speed internet) impact on farmers and ranchers across the country. The station is focused on issues that impact the “rural and Western lifestyle” with a mission of connecting “city with country.” “Having [internet] access is so important for …

Library Closures, Limited Hours Will Affect Louisville Workers, Employers

The following opinion piece was first published in Louisville Business First in June 2019 Louisville, KY – Thanks to budget cuts all but four Louisville libraries will be closed or have reduced hours. The decision is, in effect, creating “digital deserts” across the city—negatively impacting children, senior citizens, and low-income adults. For many in our community the library is the …

American Broadband Buildout Act Would Dedicate $5 Billion to Rural Broadband

The following was published in the telecompetitor on July 1, 2019 by Joan Engebretson The American Broadband Buildout Act, introduced by Senators Susan M. Collins and Doug Jones, would make $5 billion available to help bring broadband to rural areas where the service is not currently available and to support digital literacy and public awareness campaigns. The funding would come …

Mapping Issues Cloud Broadband Initiatives

The following piece was published in the HudsonValley360 by Melanie Lekocevic  Broadband is considered a vital service in today’s economy, but for many rural communities, it’s an inaccessible one. U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-19, has secured a measure in appropriations legislation in Congress to address “deeply flawed broadband mapping practices.” Mapping problems occur when maps are used that indicate a …

Senator Howard Marklein: Legislature’s budget invests in rural Wisconsin

Published by The Cap Times on June 26, 2019 By Senator Howard Marklein The Legislature completed our work on the state budget, and I am proud to say that we invest in the people and the needs of our communities while protecting taxpayers. It is especially helpful for rural Wisconsin, and I have worked hard to make sure the rural …

An Increased Federal Focus on Ubiquitous Broadband

Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2019) –  This quarter has seen a flurry of broadband legislation and programs aimed at increasing high-speed internet access and adoption across the country. Our policy team tracks these developments closely as we work to get broadband deployed in even the most unserved of communities. Below are just a few of the items we are following: …