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To: E-Connectivity Stakeholders
From: Constance Cullman, Farm Foundation
Shirley Bloomfield, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association
Thomas Halverson, CoBank
Jim Matheson, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
Sheldon Petersen, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. (CFC)
Re: Coalition works to expand rural e-connectivity
We write to extend an invitation to be part of an Upper Midwest E-Connectivity Listening Session on Tuesday, June 19, at the Rice County Fairgrounds, Faribault, MN.
Farm Foundation, NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, NRECA, CFC, and CoBank are partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to organize a series of listening sessions across the nation to gather insights into the tools that are needed to improve e-connectivity in rural America. This event will focus on hearing from you and other rural stakeholders about the need for, and positive solutions for obtaining quality broadband services for rural America.
Your participation will add strength to our understanding of the importance of quality broadband services for rural America and e-connectivity to the economic, educational and social vitality of rural America. Brief presentations will be made by USDA, Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association, the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development, Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative, Consolidated Telecommunications Company, and Minnesota Association of Townships.
This Upper Midwest Listening Session is the first of these sessions planned across the country to gather specific input from broadband providers and the people who use – or would like to be able to use – those services. A report of those sessions will be provided to federal and state public and private leaders to better inform their decisions regarding improvements to, and expansion of, broadband services in rural America.
There is no charge for this event, but registration is requested by Friday, June 15. Please register by sending an email to Michelle@farmfoundation.org.
We will convene at 9:00 a.m., with coffee available at 8:45 a.m. and conclude by 11:30 a.m. It will be in the Archery Building at the Rice County Fairgrounds, 1814 2nd Avenue, Faribault, MN 55021. There will be signage at the 2nd Avenue entrance directing you where to park.
If you have any questions, please contact Michelle via the link to her email address above.
We look forward to your participation.
Farm Foundation is an agricultural policy institute cultivating dynamic non-partisan collaboration to meet society’s needs for food, fiber, feed and energy. Since 1933, the Farm Foundation has connected leaders in farming, business, academia, organizations and government through proactive, rigorous debate and objective issue analysis.
CoBank is a national cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture and the nation’s rural economy. In addition to serving its direct retail borrowers, the bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated FarmCredit associations serving approximately 70,000 farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.
NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA) represents nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of transformative technological advancements, regulatory challenges and marketplace competition, NTCA members are leading the technological evolution for rural consumers, delivering robust and high-quality services over future-proof networks that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.
National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) is the nonprofitfinance cooperative created and owned by America’s Electric Cooperative Network.CFC provides financing to members in 48 states, the District of Columbia & two U.S. territories. CFC also provides services to telecommunications systems that are members of the Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative (RTFC).