Recent announcements by tech giants saying they’re upping hardware and service availability that will take much-talked-about 5G coverage to much of the U.S. — including rural areas — has fueled a lot of talk about the prospects of more ubiquitous broadband, an increasingly important component of crop production and management today. But the march forward has hit another snag; the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found carriers’ coverage maps misrepresented their coverage, especially in largely rural areas. Rectifying those maps will delay the distribution of a $9 billion fund for rural 5G development subsidies for carriers. An FCC vote later this month will determine the subsidy program’s fate and step toward ensuring those with highest need receive the payments to build up the necessary infrastructure. Thus far, that effort has been hampered by the misrepresentation of coverage on carriers’ maps. See more here.