FCC Announces Working Group Members for Its Precision Agriculture Connectivity Task Force

As you know, in our recent Alert, we addressed the announcement of the members of the FCC's Precision Agriculture Connectivity Task Force ("Task Force). Now, the FCC has announced the new members of the four "Working Groups" that will assist the Task Force in carrying out its work.

Our recent Alert can be found here.

The purpose of the Task Force and the Working Groups is to provide advice and recommendations to the FCC on accelerating the deployment of broadband Internet access service on unserved agricultural land to promote precision agriculture.

All of these efforts support the FCC's focus on "precision agriculture" technologies and issues, as the agency has committed at least $1 billion to target the deployment of technologically innovative 5G networks that facilitate precision agriculture. These funds will be available in "Phase II" of the FCC's 5G Fund, the general goal of which is to bring 5G wireless broadband connectivity to rural America. The Public Notice announcing the adoption of the Order allocating these funds can be accessed here.

The Chairs, Members, and Alternates of the four Working Groups are associated with the entities listed below:

Mapping and Analyzing Connectivity on Agricultural Lands Working Group

  • Montana State University College of Agriculture & Montana Agricultural Experiment Station
  • USTelecom – The Broadband Association
  • South Dakota State University
  • Farmer & Rancher, Barcus Ranch, Blackfeet Nation
  • Land O'Lakes
  • Pennsylvania American Water Company, National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • Trimble, Inc.
  • Stearns County, Minnesota, National Association of Counties
  • Ookla
  • Idaho Department of Commerce
  • MetaLINK Technologies
  • Rocking K Ranch, Minnesota Farm Bureau
  • Kenneth G. Myers Construction Co. Inc., Power and Communications Contractors Association
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • Magellan Advisors

Examining Current and Future Connectivity Demand for Precision Agriculture Working Group

  • Knodle Ltd. Farms
  • Iron Horse Vineyards
  • Dakota Carrier Network
  • Fifth Estate Growers LLC
  • Microsoft
  • National Association of State Departments of Agriculture
  • SpaceX
  • John Deere
  • Loftus Labs
  • Tillman Infrastructure
  • The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association
  • U.S. Cattleman's Association
  • The App Association (ACT)
  • Ericsson
  • Pitt & Greene Electric Membership Corporation,
  • National Rural Electric Cooperative Association
  • Trilogy Networks, Inc., Rural Wireless Association

Encouraging Adoption of Precision Agriculture and Availability of High-Quality Jobs on Connected Farms Working Group

  • Paige Wireless, Irrigation Association
  • Viasat
  • Deaf Smith County, TX
  • Florida State Senate District 3
  • Three Canyon Farms
  • CoBank
  • Purdue University
  • Topcon Agriculture
  • Wireless Systems Solutions LLC
  • Midwest Energy & Communications
  • Texas A&M – Commerce
  • Skylo Technologies
  • Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation
  • MT Networks LLC
  • Pioneer Communications
  • America's Public Television Stations
  • NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Accelerating Broadband Deployment on Unserved Agricultural Lands Working Group

  • Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • ExteNet Systems, Inc.
  • DISH
  • Missouri Farm Bureau
  • Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • The National Grange
  • Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation
  • AGCO Corp.
  • Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Upstate New York Towns Association
  • Mississippi State University
  • Nex-Tech
  • Raven Applied Technology
  • Nebraska Public Service Commission
  • American Soybean Association


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