Rural Broadband Law Signed

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On June 22, at Van Wall equipment in Perry, Governor Terry Branstad signed the Connect Every Acre high-speed broadband bill into law.

In evaluating broadband connections, the law makes use of the new Internet speed standards adopted by the Federal Communication Commission earlier this year.

According to the governor, farm output diminishes without broadband access, as fewer farmers can adopt new elements of precision agriculture, which requires the Internet, often by way of a cell signal.

The new law establishes a grant program to incentivize the installation of costly new broadband infrastructure in under-served areas, and tasks the state’s Chief Information Officer to oversee the process.

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