The ACP: Industry leaders come together to connect rural America
Here’s what the ACP is doing to close this gap
In the 1930’s, many communities in rural America were without electricity. It took a collective understanding that getting all homes and businesses connected to the electrical grid was a modern necessity. This understanding set into motion the individuals, legislators and organizations who implemented the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to bring these communities into the new era. Now, in 2020, almost 100 years later, America is faced with a similar problem and the team at Land O’Lakes, Inc. aims to address this issue with a similar approach.
“Today, 18 million Americans lack access to broadband connectivity – 14 million of whom live in rural America,” explained Matthew Wohlman, Land O’Lakes’ Senior Director of State and Industry Affairs. “In today’s economy, these families, businesses and communities are left behind. So, we launched the American Connection Project (ACP) – a coalition of over 125 major companies, trade associations, non-profits and other groups working to close the digital divide across America.”