Land O'Lakes, Inc.: Upgrading with Airband to connect to the cloud (and communities)
Exploring this co-op's 20-year evolution of broadband technology -- and this 'cloud' definitely has a silver lining
An aerial view of Co-Alliance co-op
By: Land O'Lakes, Inc.
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated a digital transformation, as organizations had to shift their day-to-day activities to virtual environments. It may be the fastest, but it’s not the first transformation that Troy Hoover of Land O’Lakes, Inc. member co-op Co-Alliance has witnessed in his 20-year IT career. Hoover has watched more and more business processes migrate to cloud services. He’s also seen the lows and literal highs of rural broadband.
“In the early 2000s, we had a bank of dial-up modems for a short time. We ran our own wireless network -- not selling to customers, just for our own sites,” Hoover recalls. “It was cutting edge at the time, but thank goodness there’s better equipment now, better gear. Also, I’m glad I don’t have to climb up towers to do the installation anymore.”