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Sep 6, 2022 | Blog, News

New Broadband Towers Released in Butler County with Land O’Lakes, Inc., Nextlink Internet and Microsoft


Frontier Cooperative locations to boost internet speeds and provide broadband connectivity to local members and residents have now been installed in Bellwood, David City, Dwight, Brainard and Garrison.


September 2, 2022 (Lincoln, Nebr.) – Continuing with Frontier Cooperative’s collaboration with Land O’Lakes, Inc., Nextlink Internet and Microsoft, new towers providing high-speed internet are now available in Dwight and Garrison, with David City, and Brainard towers scheduled to go live in the near future.

This is a part of the efforts to expand broadband internet access to residents and commercial business areas within a five- to 10-mile radius of several of Frontier Co-op’s locations. Over the scope of the project, Nextlink will continue to install high-speed broadband technology to nearly 30 Frontier elevator facilities, improving access to broadband connectivity throughout the area. This effort to improve internet connectivity aims to directly benefit residents in these rural areas who currently lack adequate broadband service at home.

Not only is broadband becoming increasingly critical to daily life, but it also offers farmers the opportunity to engage in precision agriculture, increasing yields, improving productivity, and boosting profits. Yet, 60 percent of farmers say they lack the connectivity needed to run their business. This effort by Frontier, Nextlink, Microsoft and Land O’Lakes aims to address these gaps.

Packages will range from $39.95 to $89.95 (15Mbps to 100Mpbs download speeds), and Frontier Coop employees and patrons are eligible for discounts with proper documentation.

This project is part of ongoing efforts by Land O’Lakes, Nextlink, and Microsoft to address the rural broadband gap across the United States. Frontier Co-op is part of the Land O’Lakes member network, and Nextlink is a Microsoft Airband Initiative partner. Land O’Lakes and its cooperative network are helping bridge the digital divide with awareness and advocacy through its American Connection Project. Similarly, through its Airband Initiative, Microsoft aims to advance digital equity—access to affordable internet, affordable devices, and digital skills—as a foundation for empowerment and digital transformation across the world.

“High-speed internet doesn’t have to be a luxury,” said Jeremy Wilhelm, Chief Executive Officer at Frontier Cooperative. “In an increasingly connected world, high-speed internet is a necessity to help connect the farm, the family, and the community. Frontier is proud to work with Land O’Lakes, Microsoft and Nextlink to make a difference in rural America.”

“We’re so excited to be working with Frontier Cooperative to bring real solutions for the lack of broadband access in these communities,” said Teddy Bekele, Chief Technology Officer at Land O’Lakes. “As a farmer-owned co-op, Land O’Lakes works to support job creation and vibrant communities where our members and their families work and live. We will continue to develop more ways to increase access to digital connectivity for all Americans.”

“We’re just grateful for the opportunity to partner with Frontier Cooperative, a pillar in the communities they serve, along with Land O’Lakes and Microsoft Airband Initiative to bring critical, quality high-speed internet to enable economic development through lower cost precision agriculture solutions, home-based employment and learning, and telemedicine to more and more small towns and rural communities,” said Katy Keenie, Nextlink VP Sales & Marketing.

“Too many in rural America lack access to the digital opportunities that are facilitated through reliable high-speed internet,” said Vickie Robinson, general manager of Microsoft’s Airband Initiative. “Through connectivity efforts like this, we can help level the playing field and improve livelihoods in these previously under-connected communities.”

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 About Frontier Cooperative

Frontier Cooperative is a full-service, member-owned cooperative operating primarily throughout eastern Nebraska. Frontier offers products and services in Grain, Agronomy, Feed and Energy and has been proudly serving local producers for over 100 years.

 About Nextlink Internet

Nextlink Internet is a rural-focused provider of high-speed internet and phone services in Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. The company is a fully IP-based, carrier-class network from core to edge with approximately 88,000 customers, more than 950 team members, and extensive fiber and wireless infrastructure. As an active participant in the Federal Communications Commission’s programs to close the digital divide, Nextlink is working to rapidly connect thousands of additional homes, schools, libraries, and businesses in small communities across 11 states. For more information:

About Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2020 annual sales of $16 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 232 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 100 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands and businesses in agriculture and food production including Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Truterra, LLC. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

Media Inquiries

Frontier Cooperative: Jeremy Wilhelm, CEO l 402-937-1800 Ext. 2006 l

Nextlink Internet Media Relations: 855-698-5465 l

Land O’Lakes, Inc.: Abby Duininck l 612-619-4049 l