The House Agriculture Committee met to discuss the digital divide in Rural America. Ranking Member David Scott sees the value in expanding broadband through the new farm bill. “Reliable broadband is something each of us in Congress relies on and is an integral part of our daily lives.” Association of Equipment Manufacturers Ag Sector Board Chair Bill Hurley testified and said precision technology relies on broadband. “Farmers cannot take advantage of precision ag technology without reliable and affordable connectivity across America.” According to Hurley, only a quarter of farms are able to use precision agriculture due to the lack of high-speed internet.
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