Accessing rural broadband -- strengthened through co-operative power
Lack of high-speed internet access affects every part of our business, but together we’re working to bridge members to providers
Today, technology touches every aspect of the way we work, and it affects our customers more than ever before. As the IT manager at member co-op MKC, Matt Friesen experiences firsthand the way tech is shaping agriculture -- and vice versa.
Matt always knew MKC’s products and services offered great value to customers, but he was dismayed when he checked in with the co-op’s sales representatives to the resounding reply: Help. The problem? High-speed internet access, the way for customers to connect to so many of MKC’s products and services, varied across the co-op’s central Kansas territory, with up to a third of the region lacking access.
Matt turned to Land O’Lakes to bridge the gap. Land O’Lakes was able to help connect MKC with major broadband providers, like Verizon and Cox, funneling those resources back into local communities.