LIVERMORE, Calif., June 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Business today announced that the Sonoma County Farm Bureau, an independent, nonprofit organization representing farm and ranch families and other agricultural industry constituents in Sonoma County, California has started using Comcast Business Internet and cloud-based voice services from Comcast Business to better connect and communicate with its members and to improve organizational efficiency.
World-renowned as an epicenter of U.S. winemaking, Sonoma County produces a diverse range of agriculture products that also includes livestock, poultry, vegetables, apples, nursery plants, and grains, among others. Representing over 3,000 agriculture families in the county, Sonoma County Farm Bureau is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the state of California. Charged with preserving and protecting the agricultural lifestyle for local farmers and ranchers, the farm bureau acts as the voice of the industry to local and federal legislatures. It also provides a source of information for bureau members by phone, through seminars and workshops, online and print publications, and social media, on topics ranging from worker safety to drought conditions. The bureau also supports programs aimed at children to foster a passion for agriculture and provides scholarships to help them pursue education in that field.
Prior to working with Comcast, the bureau's five employees relied on a legacy T1 line with 1.5 Mbps for Internet access. Over time, the Internet has played an increasingly critical role in the daily operations of the bureau, from tracking weather, legislative and labor issues to collaborating with similar organizations in other counties and states. Employees also found themselves less equipped to keep lines of communication open with bureau members, including nontraditional means such as Facebook and Twitter. Due to the limited bandwidth, they often resorted to using their personal mobile devices to access the Internet when their office connection was too slow.