All this week on Tech Shift we've been talking about governments and technology, ahead of the announcements President Obama plans to make regarding cyber security, privacy, and broadband connectivity in his State of the Union Address.
President Obama is in Cedar Falls, Iowa today, the state’s first gigabit Internet city. He’s talking about something Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad just talked about - the need to connect Iowa’s most rural areas. He calls it Connect Every Acre. But agriculture isn’t just the lifeblood for Iowa, it’s a major part of Illinois’s economy.
Ed VanHoose talks with us about why Internet access is important for our stat'es more rural areas. He’s the CEO of Clay Electric Cooperative and has represented other rural cooperatives to work on bridging that last mile. He also writes the PoweredUp column for Illinois Country Living.