The Agricultural Broadband Coalition applauded bipartisan leadership in both houses of Congress for introducing the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018. The group calls it a milestone piece of legislation that will aid in revolutionizing farming across America. The bill is designed to help deploy broadband across rural America, including ranchland and cropland. Broadband connectivity is growing more important for production agriculture.
Nick Tindall, senior director for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, says they applaud the legislation as a way to make sure the federal government evolves along with the technology that’s changing modern agriculture. “This legislation creates a clear mandate for the FCC to work with other branches of government to develop a comprehensive strategy to update our rural infrastructure,” he says. American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall adds, “Broadband deployment in unserved and underserved croplands and ranchlands is essential to farmers and rancher who produce food, fuel, and fiber, across the U.S. and for customers around the world.” The legislation would create a task force designed to take a comprehensive look at broadband distribution, where it falls short, and come up with recommendations to improve access across all rural areas.