Microsoft wants to bring 2 million rural Americans online by 2022

Microsoft is going to announce its plans to beam broadband internet over unused channels of television spectrum today. This white space internet service is going to utilize the unused spectrum between those channels of TV spectrum to broadcast internet service. Some of you may not recall that there was a time when TV signals floated through the air to deliver content across the length and breadth of the United States. Microsoft is going to invest $10 billion in its initiative to launch a white space broadband service in 12 states, including New York. This service will connect an estimated two million people in the country to the internet.The company hasn’t clarified at this point in time how much it’s going to charge customers who sign up for this service. Customers will be required to buy special receivers that can turn the white space signal into Wi-Fi.The hardware for the home will initially cost around $1,000 but the company says that this cost will be reduced to $200 per unit by next year.

Microsoft wants to bring 2 million rural Americans online by 2022

Through unused TV spectrum, Microsoft Rural Airband Initiative aims to bring millions of Americans online, starting with a wireless pilot program in 12 states.

Tue 11 Jul 17 from The Washington Post

Microsoft announces rural broadband initiative

Microsoft is announcing a project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States.

Tue 11 Jul 17 from Phys.org

Microsoft to plug rural broadband gap with TV white space

The software giant wants to help the 23 million rural-living Americans get broadband services by 2022.

Wed 12 Jul 17 from BBC Technology

Microsoft outlines plan to help bring broadband internet to 2M rural Americans

Microsoft has announced plans to invest in partnerships with telecommunications companies in an effort to close the rural broadband gap. The so-called Rural Airband Initiative already has plans ...

Tue 11 Jul 17 from Techspot

Microsoft vows to bring broadband to millions of rural Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Tuesday announced an initiative to bring high-speed internet to millions of rural Americans through unused television airwaves in a long-term bet for ...

Tue 11 Jul 17 from Reuters Technology

Microsoft wants to close the rural broadband gap by 2022

It's well known that the US has a pretty extreme broadband internet access gap. Around 34 million Americans don't have it, including 39 percent of rural citizens and today, ...

Tue 11 Jul 17 from Engadget

Microsoft wants all of rural America to get high-speed broadband

Microsoft invests in white space networks, offers royalty-free access to patents.

Tue 11 Jul 17 from Arstechnica

Microsoft Wants To Beam Internet Over Unused TV Frequencies

Microsoft is going to announce its plans to beam broadband internet over unused channels of television spectrum today. This white space internet service is going to utilize the unused spectrum ...

Tue 11 Jul 17 from Ubergizmo

Microsoft announces rural broadband initiative

The company is calling for a combination of private and public investments to get about 2 million rural Americans online in the next five years using TV white spaces, which are unused airwaves. ...

Tue 11 Jul 17 from Daily Mail

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