May 18, 2017 from 2:30 PM–3:45 PM

The Future of Agriculture and Broadband

How the Farm and Rural America Will Thrive in the Age of Autonomy

Hosted by Association of Equipment Manufacturers

This event will feature a timely panel discussion about how rural America and the agriculture economy will benefit from enhanced broadband capacity and efficiency. Panelists will discuss benefits derived by investment and focus on this important infrastructure asset through emerging farming technologies such as precision agriculture, as well as by autonomous vehicles, embedded sensors, and other IoT devices. Panelists will also discuss deployment challenges and opportunities, as well as how rural broadband infrastructure and rural connectivity could be addressed in a near-term infrastructure bill.


  • Kevin Smith, President, Hammerhead Trenchless
  • Mark Lewellen, Spectrum Advocacy Manager, John Deere
  • Doug Brake, Policy Analyst, ITIF