Microsoft- An Ambitious Plan to Improve Broadband Services in Rural America

Jane Wakefield reported this week at the BBC Online that, “Microsoft has laid out an ambitious plan to improve broadband services in rural America, using TV white space.

“The US Federal Communications Commission says 34 million Americans – 23.4 million of whom are in rural areas – lack a broadband net connection.

“Microsoft pledged to ‘eliminate’ the problem in five years’ time, using spectrum freed up by the move to digital TV.”

The article noted that, “Experts said the plan could be costly and may cause interference.

“White space technology refers to the unused broadcasting frequencies in the wireless spectrum.

“TV networks leave gaps between channels, and the spectrum – which is similar to that used for 4G – can be used to deliver broadband access.”

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