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More Spectrum Needed to Deploy Rural Broadband

 

From left: Tom Stroup, Claude Aiken

Experts from several industries told lawmakers yesterday it will take several solutions to bridge the digital divide in rural areas, but they have one thing in common — they need access to more spectrum. Broadband can be delivered through a variety of technologies, including fiber, cable, mobile or fixed wireless, satellite, or any combination. Macro towers and small cells are an integral part of broadband delivery, witnesses testified.

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Deere CIO Says Cropland, Ranchland Need More Cell Towers

From left: John May, Jenni Word & Suzanne Coker Craig

How can broadband connectivity make a difference in consumers’ lives? Witnesses who testified at a House Communications Subcommittee hearing yesterday (see story further up) discussed connectivity making farming more efficient and enabling “telemedicine” in rural areas.

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