New FCC Task Force on Rural Communications to Consider Precision Ag Needs

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced the membership and first meeting date of the new task force assigned to explore ways to enhance the productivity and efficiency of the nation’s farms and ranches through broadband-based technologies – a concept known as “precision agriculture.” 

Planned in close consultation with USDA, the first meeting of the Task Force for Reviewing Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture is December 9, at 9:30 am in Washington, DC.

A full list of task force members appointed by Chairman Pai in consultation with USDA is at  Chairman Pai also announced four working groups for the task force and solicited nominations for them. For more information on the working groups and how to submit nominations, see

The task force is a federal advisory committee and was created by the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which includes provisions directing the FCC to work with USDA to develop policy recommendations to promote the rapid, expanded deployment of broadband Internet access service in agricultural and rural areas where service is not available. Federal advisory committees were established by Congress to provide federal agencies with outside, expert advice on policy matters. 

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