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Rick Worthington When Will My Broadband Get Turned On?
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: April 26, 2018

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When will my Broadband get turned on? It's a question many are still asking in Rural America.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is working with the FCC and together have launched a series of listening sessions on the challenges – and opportunities -- in expanding broadband services in rural America.

Perdue says, achieving e-connectivity across rural America, where about 20 million people lack an affordable and reliable broadband connection, is not a simple task.

"Broadband is vital to the rural economy in what is now a highly interconnected global marketplace," said Tom Halverson, president and CEO of CoBank. "We need leaders on both sides of the aisle in Washington to work together to facilitate broadband investment and ensure that rural America remains competitive and strong."

"Actions needed to improve e-connectivity vary widely by community and region," noted Farm Foundation President and CEO Constance Cullman. "These listening sessions will serve to highlight common issues, success stories to build strong broadband systems, and challenges that are yet to be met."

"Actions needed to improve e-connectivity vary widely by community and region," noted Farm Foundation President and CEO Constance Cullman. "These listening sessions will serve to highlight common issues, success stories to build strong broadband systems, and challenges that are yet to be met."

The next Listening Session will be in June in Minnesota, followed by others over the next six months.

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