Julie Bushell is an experienced, results-driven leader and visionary designing and implementing connectivity solutions to solve rural America’s large connectivity gap. Passionate about empowering and shaping the sustainable industries of the future through technological advances in IoT, Broadband, Biosecurity, Water Management, and Precision Agriculture. Bushell’s career has been laser-focused on rural economic development since joining Paige in 2004 and becoming a partner in 2013. Her passion for our country’s producers and their ability to compete on a global scale drives her business, from products and services to emerging technology and advocacy. In March 2019, Bushell spearheaded the creation of Paige Wireless, a new innovative arm of Paige Electric. Paige Wireless was born from Bushell’s dedication to continuous improvement, and her passion to connect the under-served. She believes measurable societal advancements are born in rural America. Julie believes technology is the tool to bridge the digital divide, but it’s the relationships between people, communities, and businesses that contribute to the strength of our nation. Beyond her work at Paige Wireless, Bushell is involved in the Irrigation Association where she serves on the Board of Directors. She has also served as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee from 2017-2019 and Vice-Chair from 2015-2017. Her work has spanned multiple technology innovation initiatives and successfully advocated for connectivity to support them in the 2018 Farm Bill. Bushell serves as chair for the “Encouraging Adoption of Precision Agriculture” working group for the FCC’s Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force, as well as sits on the Task Force. She is also Issue Lead for Telecommunications for American Agri-Women.