Over the last few years Microsoft has quietly pushed for rural broadband by using TV’s white space spectrum to build fixed wireless Internet services in several states.
Now with their Connect Americans Now push Microsoft is hoping to “ensure that there is sufficient unlicensed low band spectrum in every market in the country to enable broadband connectivity.”
“Join our fight to bring broadband to all rural Americans,” the coalition, billed as “a Microsoft supported community of concerned citizens, local organizations, rural advocates, and leading innovators,” Microsoft tells supporters on their new site. “tell Washington to take action to bridge the digital divide now!”
Microsoft is not alone in their push as other groups like National Rural Education Association, SHLB, and a host of other state and local groups join Connect American Now to promote rural broadband.
Rural broadband has always been behind due to the high cost of running new wires that may take miles of cable just to connect a few homes. Now with the new fixed wireless broadband and 5G, it is starting to look like rural Americans may soon have real options for home Internet. Yet we are still looking at years of hard work before most Americans can enjoy a wireless broadband Internet option.
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