FCC Announces Task Force to Bring Broadband to Agriculture

The FCC has formed and is seeking nominations for a 15-member task force that will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop policy recommendations to promote the rapid deployment of broadband Internet access to unserved agricultural land. Formally called the Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States, the group will consult with the Department of Agriculture and collaborate with public and private stakeholders in the agriculture and technology fields. The task force will be composed of agricultural producers along with representatives of Tribal agriculture, Internet service providers, the electric cooperative industry, the satellite industry, precision agriculture equipment manufacturers, State and local governments, and representatives with relevant expertise in broadband network data collection, geospatial analysis, and coverage mapping.


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