The Rural & Agriculture Council of America (RACA) recently put out a whitepaper on connecting rural America to reliable and affordable broadband. IIA Honorary Chair Rick Boucher spoke with Mike Limberhand, Board Member of RACA championing Native American interests, about the paper and some of its specific recommendations. Watch the videos below for excerpts of their conversation.

Why is broadband important in rural areas?

In its whitepaper, RACA recommends location-by-location, address-level maps that will pinpoint where broadband exists and where it does not. Why are existing broadband availability maps insufficient and in need of updating?

Does it make sense for the states to be developing their own broadband maps at the same time that the FCC has now embarked upon developing more detailed, address-level maps on a national basis?

Does precision agriculture require a higher level of broadband speed than the old standard of 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload?

In RACA’s whitepaper, a permanent broadband benefit for low-income Americans is recommended. Does the Lifeline Program have a future?