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Vilsack Pushes Rural Broadband

A missionary came to a vineyard in the little town of Dublin, NC, on Oct. 19; it was Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary, and the topic of the sermon he delivered to a few hundred farmers and townspeople was the vital importance of increased access to the Internet.

A missionary came to a vineyard in the little town of Dublin, NC, on Oct. 19; it was Tom Vilsack, USDA secretary, and the topic of the sermon he delivered to a few hundred farmers and townspeople was the vital importance of increased access to the Internet.

“I was at a grain elevator recently, and we listened to the operator of the elevator. She said that sometimes she might not quote the exact price of a commodity to a producer of a commodity," said Vilsack. She bemoaned that she would need “real time” information to really serve her customers right, he added.

“That is what expanded broadband access will do,” Vilsack said. “It will help the grain elevator do a better job of serving its farmers and ranchers. And the farmers and ranchers themselves need that technology for their marketing efforts.”

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