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Improved rural broadband correlates with improved farm productivity: FCC report

Better rural broadband availability has “significant positive impacts on crop yields and other farm production metrics,” the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Economics and Analytics found in a new working paper. The report, by economist Katherine LoPiccalo (who previously worked at the FCC but is now at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), drew on FCC data on broadband availability by census tract and U.S....