The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, announced the members of the Task Force for Reviewing the Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States (Task Force). The Task Force, an advisory body to the FCC, will investigate the current state of broadband access in agricultural lands and recommend policies and regulatory solutions to the FCC to promote broadband deployment and precision agriculture, standardize data collections, and target funding towards unserved areas.  The Task Force is also slated to identify ways for the Department of Agriculture and the FCC to collaborate to achieve these shared goals.

Teddy Bekele, Land O’Lakes Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, will serve as Chair of the Task Force, and Catherine Moyer, Pioneer Communications Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, will serve as Vice Chair. A full list of members is included in this Public Notice. The first meeting of the Task Force is scheduled for Monday, December 9, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., and is open to the public.

In addition to announcing the members of the Task Force, the FCC released another Public Notice soliciting nominations for four working groups charged with assisting the Task Force. Those working groups are: (1) Mapping and Analyzing Connectivity on Agricultural Lands, (2) Examining Current and Future Connectivity Demand for Precision Agriculture, (3) Encouraging Adoption of Precision Agriculture and Availability of High-Quality Jobs on Connected Farms, and (4) Accelerating Broadband Deployment on Unserved Agricultural Lands.  The Public Notice provides instructions on eligibility for the working groups and how to submit nominations. Nominations to the working groups are due by Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

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With more than 20 years in the field, Trey Hanbury has a wealth of experience helping clients tackle their most challenging technology, media, and telecommunications policy issues.

Trey recognizes companies operating in the TMT sector face increasing competition and an ever-changing regulatory environment.

With more than 20 years in the field, Trey Hanbury has a wealth of experience helping clients tackle their most challenging technology, media, and telecommunications policy issues.

Trey recognizes companies operating in the TMT sector face increasing competition and an ever-changing regulatory environment. Whether his clients require assistance with spectrum auctions, licensing, and allocation; mergers and acquisitions; regulatory compliance; procurement; or competition policy, Trey brings his extensive legal background and a deep understanding of technology policy to help solve his clients’ most pressing and complex issues.

Trey has worked closely with a variety of clients ranging from wireless companies to equipment manufacturers to strategic investors across all platforms. He helps clients conceptualize and change federal rules and policies in ways that allow them to achieve their business objectives. For example, Trey worked extensively in support of the first incentive auction that raised nearly US$20 billion and successfully reallocated 84 megahertz of spectrum from over-the-air television to innovative, broadband uses. In addition to assisting clients in policymaking matters, Trey also assists clients in obtaining regulatory authorizations to introduce new products and services and advises on licensing issues and commercial issues arising from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules, policy changes, and regulatory investigations.

Prior to joining our team, Trey served as Director of Government Affairs at Sprint. In this position, Trey acted as regulatory counsel in major rulemaking proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, and cases before the FCC, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Congress, and federal courts.

At Sprint, Trey was recognized with the company’s Leadership Excellence award, the highest level of corporate recognition for directors, vice presidents, and senior executives. Prior to working for Sprint, Trey held various policymaking positions at the FCC, including working on numerous satellite and international telecom matters in the International Bureau. He also served as Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel, where he was responsible for providing policy and legal advice to the Office of Chairman on wireless issues. He previously worked at a nationally recognized communications law firm, where he focused on wireless, satellite, and broadcast issues.