Microsoft Plans To Improve US Rural Internet Speeds

Rural Airband Initiative will use unused radio frequencies

Microsoft has announced plans to help introduce high-speed internet to two million Americans within the next two years. In a scheme called the Rural Airband Initiative, the company will begin to implement its new system in 12 states to begin with, targeting what the company called “white spaces”, which are the wireless radio airwaves that aren’t already owned by broadcasters. Currently, 23 million Americans in rural areas in the US do not have access to high-speed internet, a huge number of potential consumers for ecommerce retailers who may be suffering due to the bad connections. However, Microsoft claimed that it was not looking to become a telecom provider, but instead was looking to work with existing providers to provide better connections around the US. 

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