A significant barrier to improving telecommunications and energy infrastructure in rural areas has been the expense associated with siting, right-of-way, engineering, permitting, and installation. Pipeline projects being planned to improve water availability for farmers and fish already cover most of these costs, making the co-location of fiber optic and electric distribution lines more feasible and cost-effective.
“We’re a remote location so our connectivity is less than ideal for on-farm communication and using our digital resources, but also as a family that tries to have a modern quality of life. anything we can do to improve access and connectivity is great.”
– Kevin Richards, Farmer