Microsoft’s Bid to Connect Rural America: Send Out Internet in between TV Signals

July 11, 2017

Google has balloons, Facebook has drones, SpaceX has satellites. But Microsoft has a rather more humble plan to overcome the digital divide and take Internet to the sticks.

Bloomberg reports that the company will announce a new initiative Tuesday to beam data into rural communities by inserting it into unused parts of the TV spectrum. The idea is fairly simple: TV channels are broadcast with small gaps between them, known as white space, to avoid interference, and Microsoft (50 Smartest Companies 2017) plans to simply load it with broadband data.

Read more at: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608260/microsofts-bid-to-connect-rural-america-send-out-internet-in-between-tv-signals/


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