National Council of Farmer Cooperatives Joins American Connect Project Broadband CoalitionThu, 09 Jul 2020 07:55:44 CDT
The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives today joined with 49 other trade associations, non-profits, businesses, municipalities and academic institutions in forming the American Connection Project Broadband Coalition (ACPBC) to help close America’s digital divide. Convened by NCFC-member Land O’Lakes, Inc., the group will work to achieve policies that help expand broadband access in rural America.
“The digital divide in rural America is a long-standing problem and the negative impacts grow with each passing year. By bringing together such a diverse group of stakeholders, I believe the ACPBC will bring renewed focus and leadership to an issue that is vital to the future of our sector,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “For farmers, ranchers and their co-ops, broadband access is essential to taking advantage of the new technologies that are transforming agriculture and that will allow us to remain competitive in the coming years. The need extends beyond the farm gate, though. The last four months have laid bare the need for better broadband in rural communities. Remote work, telemedicine and distance learning become difficult, if not impossible, without it.”
To mark the coalition’s debut, members sent a letter to President Trump and congressional leadership urging action on legislation to address the broadband connectivity in rural America. A copy of the letter can be found here. More information can be found at http://americanconnectionproject.com/.
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