NEWS
The Need for Speed
Virginia H. Harris Progressive Farmer Associate Editor
Thu Nov 20, 2014 03:21 PM CST

Rick Harnish knows from experience that farming and a good Internet connection go hand in hand. However, many small rural communities still lack fast downloads and reliable Internet connections.

Harnish, now executive director of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA), has been on the forefront of rural Internet connectivity since 1995, when he invested in a dial-up provider. Two years later, he began offering wireless broadband to the downtown area of Bluffton, Ind., at the request of the local library, eventually utilizing the town's new cell phone tower to broadcast wireless service to his farm and the surrounding area.

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