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Rural broadband legislation has backing of Farm Bureau

High speed Internet connections in rural areas is severely lacking and sorely needed. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are pushing for its improvement. Even United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and President Trump have talked about the importance of bringing rural America up to speed. Of course, speeds may vary depending on number of connected devices, website traffic and peak times of day.

The Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 promises to help bring rural broadband service to farmers who are depending more and more on precision ag equipment. American Farm Bureau’s senior director of congressional relations, RJ Karney, explains how farm efficiency can be improved.

Karney says that you wouldn’t expect businesses in large cities to operate on sub-par connectivity. Farmers don’t have the option of physical cable connections when their offices are on four or more wheels. A strong wireless link is essential. Karney says the legislation will provide needed upgrades.

Karney says that Farm Bureau is excited to have the legislation move forward.