Two Telecom Reps Named to Precision Ag Task Force


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The leadership of four working groups of the FCC’s new Precision Agriculture Task Force were named Friday. Today is the first meeting of the task force.  

Two of the new members are from the telecom industry.

 They are: Noash Construction President/CEO Jeff Pettit, representing the National Association of Tower Erectors and Paige Wireless President Julie Bushell, representing the Irrigation Association.

Pettit is Chair of the Accelerating Broadband Deployment on Unserved Agricultural Lands working group. Members will identify barriers to infrastructure deployment on agricultural lands and make recommendations on how to promote continued investment in networks serving those areas. 

Bushnell is Vice Chair of the Encouraging Adoption of Precision Agriculture and Availability of High-Quality Jobs on Connected Farms working group. This body will explore how to promote adoption of precision agriculture technologies, and how they will affect demand for skilled labor in the farming and ranching sectors. 

The Mapping and Analyzing Connectivity on Agricultural Lands working group will help identify connectivity gaps on agricultural lands. The Examining Current and Future Connectivity Demand for Precision Agriculture working group will help identify the current and future connectivity needs for precision agriculture applications and identify how those needs may vary for different agricultural producers.

The Precision Ag Task Force is coming together as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced his plan for a new 5G Fund, which would set aside at least $1 billion specifically for deployments facilitating precision agriculture needs, Inside Towers reported. The Task Force will help the agency assess connectivity needs and demand, accelerate deployment on unserved agricultural lands, and promote adoption of these broadband-based technologies. 

December 9, 2019

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