In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, The American Farm Bureau Federation said people who live and work in rural America are often unable to access the same educational, medical, business and government services as Americans living in more populated areas. But, Farm Bureau says, access to modern broadband Internet service has the potential to correct this inequity.
"In the 21st century, broadband Internet access is a necessity, not a luxury," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "To be economically viable, rural communities must have high speed Internet connections for people to access everything from medical records to weather reports to online videos. It is vital for rural residents who want to telecommute to a job in the city and for rural students to complete their class assignments."
According to AFBF, affordable home broadband access is important for keeping American agriculture competitive in the world marketplace. AFBF urged the FCC to consider location when determining broadband availability and to consider price or marketplace competition in determining access to broadband services.