KSTP TV reports on the need for broadband in rural areas…
Growing up, Joe Sullivan envisioned a life behind the wheel of a tractor.
But the farmer from Franklin, Minnesota spends most days at a computer with his smartphone nearby.
An app tells Sullivan the location and status of every piece of equipment on the farm. Software maps every acre of land, revealing detailed information about crop yields and soil health. Each building, including the large pole barns that store tractors, is hooked up to Wi-Fi.
“We’ve been pretty early adopters of technology,” Sullivan said. “It’s a complete game changer once you are connected and can actually utilize all the tools that are out there.”
Many other farmers in rural Minnesota want to incorporate the latest technology into their operations, like Sullivan, but unreliable internet and non-existent broadband infrastructure make that impossible.
“It is a huge, huge disadvantage if you’re the ‘have nots,’” Sullivan said.