Microsoft is taking a technology it has been testing in Africa for several years and introducing it to rural America. Under the 4Afrika program, Microsoft has been using White Spaces to provide affordable and fast broadband connection to the unconnected and underserved population in Africa.
Microsoft has already written to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting to make use of the white spaces; unused channels between TV broadcasts. Microsoft will use white spaces to provide broadband connection to about two million people across 12 States in America over the next five years.
Microsoft President, Brad Smith, told The New York Times, that the white spaces technology is “the best solution for reaching over 80 percent of people in rural America who lack broadband.”
The white spaces program by Microsoft will be first deployed in New York, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, Washington, South Dakota, North Dakota, Maine, Michigan, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Arizona.
In a letter address to the FCC, Microsoft writes, “Millions of Americans, including millions of students, largely in rural communities, lack broadband internet access, which is a critical component of enabling success in today’s digital society.”
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