On May 3rd, On-Ramp Indiana and Beck’s Hybrids hosted FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Congresswoman Susan Brooks from Indiana District 5 to discuss rural broadband and technology. We are extremely honored for the opportunity to share our experiences in deploying rural broadband with them.
The FCC defines broadband as any connection capable of 25/3Mbps. 47% of “rural” residents of Indiana District 5 do not have any choice for broadband internet. There are over 2000 Wireless ISPs in our country working hard to fill the gap and provide affordable access to underserved areas. While fiber, and other technologies will be part of the solution, we also are asking the FCC to work with WISPs to create an environment where we can access much needed spectrum to rapidly and cost effectively deploy broadband in rural areas.
A special thanks to Beck’s Hybrids (Sonny, Brad & Jeremy) for hosting the meeting at their incredible facility in Atlanta, IN. They are a huge proponent of rural broadband as it helps achieve their mission of helping farmers succeed. Rural Broadband is helping move the immense amount of data collected in modern farming into the computing data centers for analysis. The end result is a more efficient and productive farming process which greatly benefits our economy.
We would also like to thank Justin Wilson of MTIN Consulting for assisting in the presentation. Thanks also to Tracy Barnes & Ryan Heater with Lt Governor Crouch’s office, and Jodi Golden with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, we appreciate you attending and it was great to meet everyone!