Mark you calendar on August 4, 2015, for the first ever Rural Broadband Day, to be held in conjunction with the Minnesota Farmfest. I remember 30 plus years ago, my brother traveled from Hardin, Montana, to attend Farmfest in Southern Minnesota. That year it rained, and he, his wife and little kids, and my mom, drove to a carwash and washed eachother down. They were covered in mud, but had a great time at the event.
Our business focuses on business to business companies who serve the agriculture industry. Some of this is because of my farm roots, and some of it is chance that our business does focus around serving agribusiness. This year we plan on attending Farmfest to promote Salesforce.com and CRM.
Salesforce.com is dependent on having an Internet connection for the best user experience. And while those of us who live in cities don’t even think about it, many in rural areas do not have easy access to the Internet, so using Salesforce.com can be a challenge. This limitation is rapidly going away, and it is because of the initiatives like the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband that is plowing the ground. To quote the press release, “Broadband Internet, like the interstate highway system of the 1950s or the railroads of the 1880s, is the backbone of today’s economy…”
And while this is a Minnesota initiative, the world is the ultimate target. Recently while travelling in Europe, the high cost of data was breathtaking for us travelers. To truly be global, I envision the day when going to Belgium will be like going to Iowa–seamless and cost neutral.
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO of the MN High Tech Association (https://www.mhta.org/) and chair of the Governor’s Taskforce on Broadband says, “As Minnesota looks to maintain a growing, competitive economy, and a high quality of life, we must continue to make progress to ensure that the state has access to broadband, from border to border.” Minnesota is actually doing pretty well, but it has a ways to go to meet the executive order goals. Check out the Taskforce Website: http://mn.gov/deed/programs-services/broadband/task-force/ and check out the press release announcing Rural Broadband Day. RELEASE: http://bit.ly/1BnDirx