Rural task force: Broadband vital

A recent Department of Agriculture report states that in today’s information-driven global economy, e-connectivity is not simply an amenity – it’s essential.

The report asserts the role of electric cooperatives at extending connectivity to rural communities, where their members live, learn and work.

“For decades, electric cooperatives have enhanced the quality of life throughout rural America. Now, co-ops across the nation are helping reinvigorate rural economies by bringing broadband access to homes and businesses,” said National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson.

According to the report, many electric cooperatives have begun deploying fiber optic networks throughout their service areas to meet the current, growing and future demand for smart grid services, such as demand-side management, distributed generation and renewable integration, and smart home technologies, as well as increased grid security.