Among the many issues lawmakers are looking to tackle this year, universal broadband needs to be one of them, and it is. Whether you work at a local manufacturer, a high school, the local coffee shop, or at home or farm, connectivity is essential to day-to-day work and life.
Gov. Kim Reynolds is pushing a bold broadband initiative that calls not only for substantial funding but also, very importantly, for the network speeds we need to operate. This is the type of policy that will help both small and large businesses grow, increase access to education and will ultimately further Iowa’s position as a place for high quality of life.
At Vermeer, our company is growing, expanding, and that means opportunity for those in Iowa and beyond. But to operate, we need fast and reliable broadband connectivity.
It’s been asked, “Why would a manufacturer need 100/100Mbps?” To deliver equipment that is feeding and fueling our communities, managing resources and connecting people around the world, access is required to connect to hundreds of suppliers with forecasting, orders, 3-D file sharing, receiving hundreds of shipments per day and often over 1,000 outbound parts and machine shipments. Communications and business systems connect 13 global Vermeer locations with hundreds of dealers across the U.S. and in over 80 countries. Video and virtual reality are heavily used to communicate, promote and train in sales and service.