August 22, 2016. Wilson, North Carolina
Every box of sweet potatoes at Vick Family Farms is labeled so as that in case of a food related illness, the batch can be traced back to the field, day of harvest, type of seed and several other data sets. Each box is traced from field to market using a system run through Greenlight broadband.
Vick Family Farms uses Greenlight provided broadband to monitor its tobacco drying barns as well as run its large sweet potato operation. If they lose the network due to recent legal suits brought by the telecom industry on the city of Wilson, who provides the fiber optic broadband, they may be unable to run the business with near the level of efficiency.
Greenlight Community Broadband is a fiber optic internet service provider owned by the city of Wilson, NC. Popular with residents for its reliability and speed, the city started offering the service to towns outside of its municipal limits before a court case brought by the telecom industry took away the city's ability to expand beyond its borders. Several businesses and residents who have come to rely on the utility fear for their livelihoods if the service is discontinued.