The seed for the creation of the Precision Ag Connectivity & Accuracy Stakeholder Alliance (PAgCASA) was the passage of the Farm Bill in December 2018, which established the Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force.
In response, long-time policy collaborators, Garland McCoy and Peter Harter, co-founded PAgCASA as a non-profit organization to dovetail with the work of the task force to raise awareness for citizen and sensor surveys of rural and agriculture data flows that improve the accuracy of broadband maps.
Garland T. McCoy is a long-time non-profit veteran in the fields of technology and telecommunication policy having served as Founder and CEO of the Technology Education Institute. Garland is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University's iSchool, teaching information policy and decision making.
Peter F. Harter has spent his professional career advising leading corporations and non-profit entities across technology, business, law, and venture finance. He is also co-founder of Markup, a secure voting system company. He and his wife own and actively manage a farm in Oregon.
In the last two years, Garland and Peter have presented to numerous FCC, USDA, Department of Commerce and Congressional meetings and roundtables on what they refer to as a “People-Centered, Future Focused Sensor & Broadband Mapping Campaign,” at which they have been very favorably received. They have also submitted several rounds of comments and replies in response to both FCC and USDA proceedings. (A sampling of these presentations and filings can be found on this website under the "Technical" tab.)