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Today's farmers can harness the power of the Internet to do all the things they need to do to put food on our tables. But what if they could do more? What if the coverage area extended to the far reaching communities of America's Heartland? During the 2014 Connect Iowa Broadband Summit in Ankeny, Iowa, Dan Templin, SVP of Mediacom Business, announced an initiative with the leading agriculture machinery company, Deere & Company, (John Deere) that would bring high-speed broadband access to Iowa farms.
Mediacom Business and John Deere are looking to close the gap between farming operations that currently have a reliable broadband internet and those that severely lack connectivity. According to a Mediacom Business press release on June 16, 2014, Templin and John Deere asked the Federal Communication Commission for $800,000 in funding to enable Mediacom Buisness to "deliver the broadband services agribusinesses require."
The Mediacom Business team is deeply rooted in these areas and committed to empowering the underserved communities in Iowa through its Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions™ Initiative and continuing work with broadband associations like Connect Iowa. Additionally, Mediacom Business’ fiber network would allow for machine to machine communication where farmers and those operating in the field can receive and upload data to their tablets in real time, helping them find customers faster or alerting business partners to production or delivery issues as they occur.
Thanks to sensors installed in equipment, and broadband connectivity powered by Mediacom Business, John Deere would be able to locate tractors that are in need of repair or service within hours -- alerting the farmer or agribusiness manager that equipment should be stopped before further damage -- and more expensive repairs -- could result.
Rural areas have historically been perceived to not be high data transfer zones, but in the age of the Internet of Things, farmers and agribusiness need connectivity more than ever, as production cycles shorten and the time to market reduces. The ability to transfer crop and harvest information in real time can affect commodity pricing, which is all the more reason that these underserved areas receive the level of broadband service that Mediacom Business fiber network is poised to provide.
Marketing Director for Mediacom Business, Kristi Salmon, speaks with Light Reading about her company’s plans to drive fiber networks deeper into rural areas to support the move to agribusiness. “We offer a high-capacity broadband network that offers the scalability and bandwidth these areas need,” said Salmon.
The cable provider is committed to bringing fiber-based services, to support advanced platforms such as John Deere’s machine to machine (M2M) technology for agriculture and farming businesses throughout these underserved, non-traditional areas. Access to these kinds of services and applications allows agribusinesses to take full advantage of the new opportunities and improved efficiencies in food production, irrigation, and management and monitoring.
Some of the key ideas discussed were:
· New and emerging opportunities in ‘agribusiness’
· Pilot programs to bring John Deere’s M2M technology to Iowa
· Using Gigabit for city economic development & growth
Watch the full interview on Lightreading.com to learn more about Mediacom Business’s ongoing efforts to provide reliable Gigabit+ connectivity to businesses in rural America. “Mediacom Business is a true carrier and a player in this space.” said Salmon.
About Light Reading
Light Reading (www.LightReading.com) combines its research-led online communities and targeted events portfolio to help those in the global communications industry make informed decisions. LightReading.com is the ultimate source for telecom analysis for more than 350,000 subscribers each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading produces targeted communications events and focused one-day conferences each year for cable, mobile, and wireline executives across five continents.
Imagine having to travel 4-5 hours away from home simply to access essential medical facilities for tests, treatment or to care for a loved one. This used to be the challenging situation for residents of Carbondale and surrounding rural areas in Southern Illinois - that was until high capacity broadband via Mediacom Business’ fiber network became available.
Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH), the major health provider in the area, connects 3 hospitals, 21 clinics and 3,400 staff. Powered by Mediacom Business’ fiber network, the centralization of data and connectivity between locations has allowed for a level of communication that has propelled the level of healthcare SIH is providing.
With a connected system designed to accommodate current and future needs, Southern Illinois Healthcare can now:
With a flexible network that is scalable, reliable and secure, Southern Illinois Healthcare is now in a position to effectively service the community while connecting with the rest of the world to ensure that they are providing the most up to date healthcare services. This is possible because of the robust fiber connection provided by Mediacom Business.
About Southern Illinois Healthcare
Southern Illinois Healthcare is a not-for-profit integrated health system with over 3,400 employees. It comprises over twenty facilities, including three inpatient hospitals, two clinics, two physician office buildings, an urgent care and dedicated centers that include neuro, cancer, heart, sleep and rehabilitation.
About Carbondale, Illinois
Carbondale is a city in Jackson County, Illinois, United States, within the Southern Illinois region informally known as "Little Egypt". The city is 96 miles (154 km) southeast of St. Louis, Missouri, on the northern edge of the Shawnee National Forest. Carbondale is the home of the main campus of Southern Illinois University. The city has a population of 25,902, and it is the state's 20th-most-populated city outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area
No one can deny that over the past quarter-century, the Internet has changed the way we conduct business. For those located in the largest Metro areas like New York, Chicago or Los Angeles, it’s a given that high-speed, reliable broadband service will be available. In fact, they expect it.
As you know, broadband is a critical component to the success of any business. It’s what has made the world a much smaller place by way of competition allowing businesses to not only reach nationally, but globally for that matter. Fiber-optic solutions for data and voice are providing the pathway to push big data, connect multiple locations and enable users to access information simultaneously no matter where they are. It’s simply the fastest technology available to date. Gigabit is such a buzz word right now – essentially it means the speed by which billions of bits of data are delivered over a fiber optic network. It’s a superfast connection, transmitting data at the speed of light.
So where does that leave smaller, rural communities that make up much of America? Well, Mediacom has invested more than $1 billion over the past four years to operate, expand, and upgrade its robust broadband infrastructure that serves businesses in some 1,500 communities across 22 states.
We live in a technology driven world. People want and need to be connected no matter where they are – just look at the explosion of social media. How many devices do you have surrounding you right now? It extends to the business community as well, schools utilizing distance learning where students in rural America can learn a new language from a teacher in Germany. Hospitals are conducting telemedicine and a patient can get first rate care in their home town without having to drive 2 ½ hours to the nearest university hospital. Businesses are talking about the “Cloud” to create efficiencies and go paperless. Here’s the catch...to use those applications or advanced technology platforms, you need a broadband highway to get there. The technology is fascinating but without a strong broadband connection the applications are useless. Enter Mediacom Business.
On every City’s list of priorities to drive economic development – broadband via fiber should be right at the top. Any developing community probably has come to that same conclusion. The City of Grimes, IA is one of those forward –thinking communities. Their conversation with providers has been to give them as much fiber as possible, Grimes wants to work in order to put the infrastructure in place that will help drive growth in the community and the customer base of the provider. They know that managing and monitoring a network of that stature is no small feat – any city can build fiber, that’s the easy part. But by working together, Grimes feels we all win at the end of the day. See more in our Real Customer Stories Series: City of Grimes, Iowa at http://www.mediacombusiness.com/discover-grimes
Through Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business, the days of your business being defined by its physical location are gone. Having this type of high capacity broadband access allows businesses to thrive in today’s climate but easily positions them for the scalability needed for future demands.