Wisconsin Groups Join Microsoft in Effort to Bring Broadband to Rural Areas
The Microsoft Corp. hopes to close the gap on the lack of rural broadband internet by using TV white space, the unused broadcast channels between active channels, to deliver internet service, and they have several Wisconsin groups joining forces with them.
The groups include Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, Wisconsin Economic Development Association, Wisconsin Technology Council and Wisconsin Realtors Association.
A Milwaukee Journal article states there are 23.4 million people living in rural America that lack access to internet. Microsoft says by using the unused channels, it would be much more affordable to bring broadband to these communities. Read more...
Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., holds up an ACRS2 device by ADAPTRUM used in TV white space communications as he speaks at the Willard Hotel in Washington last July about Microsoft's project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States. (Photo: Associated Press)