Microsoft's Airband Initiative, an effort to use TV white spaces to deliver broadband to underserved communities, is taking another step forward with an expansion to Maine and New York. The tech giant announced today (opens in new tab) that it is partnering with RTO Wireless in an effort to bring broadband access to more than 290,000 people living in rural areas of both states (via OnMSFT).
The move is part of a larger effort on Microsoft's part to bring broadband access to two million rural Americans in unserved areas by 2022. Initially, Microsoft is planning to roll service out across 20 counties in New York and 16 counties in Maine.
Speaking on the partnership, Shelley McKinley, Microsoft's head of Technology and Corporate Responsibility, said:
With a goal of eliminating the "rural broadband gap", Microsoft has also sought to use its Airband Initiative to spur investment from other companies and the public sector alike. Earlier this month, that led the company to team up with RADWIN, a firm with experience in delivering wireless broadband access. Both companies are now focused on utilizing TV white spaces over UHF bands to bring internet connectivity to rural communities.
TV white spaces aren't the only novel solutions Microsoft has tapped for delivering internet connectivity. In June, the company expanded a pilot project meant to bring quickly deployable internet solutions to coastal cities via underwater data centers.
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As someone originally from Maine- it only has 16 counties, so that means they'll be covering the entire state...?
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