Opinion: 5G Wireless Internet Service is Necessary to Meet Future Farming Demands
Expanding wireless internet access in rural areas will continue to fuel the truly game-changing advances being made by precision agriculture, writes National Grange President Betsy Huber at Agri-Pulse. These include new ways to grow crops using less water, seed, pesticides and fertilizer. Made possible by a faster mobile internet, precision agriculture will continue to support new innovations like driverless tractors, robots, and drones that are already increasingly handling farming tasks.
The heart of these improvements is the next generation of wireless high-speed internet 5G. USA Today calls 5G the “wicked fast fifth generation” of mobile broadband and it promises connections up to 100 times faster than what we have today.
In April, President Trump announced a $20 billion project called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund to build out high-speed internet service in underserved communities. 5G will be the foundation of this effort. Over the next decade, this fund is expected to connect up to 4 million homes and small businesses with faster and more reliable internet service.