Connect Americans Now, a coalition backing the use of TV White Spaces to expand access to rural broadband, now has 100 members. Its membership includes Microsoft and ACT | The App Association. Source: POLITICO Morning Tech From the Connect America Now website: Implications of the Digital Divide • 6.5 million students lack access to high-speed … Continue reading TV White Spaces Group Boosts Ranks – Where is CA? [Updated]
At Governor's Meeting Smith joined the governors of Arkansas and Colorado on stage to discuss the persistent digital divide means fewer education and work opportunities for people without broadband internet access.Smith called for a "digital Marshall Plan" for the country that combines public and private sector investment to ensure those living in rural communities have "the … Continue reading Microsoft President Brad Smith Calls for Digital Marshal Plan
The cable industry, Arris, and CableLabs have been doing some testing of the proposed G5 frequency spectrum. The test result outline some of the challenges broadband providers face in deploying 5G services, including dealing with trees and other foliage. One of the highlights of living in rural Sierra counties is the plethora of trees that … Continue reading Is 5G a Feasible Sierra Broadband Solution?
Microsoft, ACT | The App Association and the National Rural Education Association are among those that have come together to establish a new coalition dedicated to increasing access to rural broadband using TV White Spaces technology. The group, Connect Americans Now, intends to work with the FCC regarding use of low-band spectrum that would help … Continue reading New Rural Broadband Coalition
This disturbing news for potential rural broadband customers comes from Politico's Morning Tech newsletter: "Although the Trump administration doesn't seem inclined to set aside funds for broadband deployment in its forthcoming infrastructure bill, the White House national security strategy released Monday highlighted the need for next-generation 5G wireless to maintain U.S. competitiveness. "We will improve … Continue reading Missing Trump Infrastructure Broadband Funds??
More details on how Microsoft Airband will operate, see blue highlighted text below. CHRIS MCCRORY | THE REPUBLIC | AZCENTRAL.COM Rural areas in Arizona will be among the first to try a new broadband internet technology being launched by Microsoft, a company executive said during a panel discussion in Phoenix on Friday. Arizona is among … Continue reading Microsoft touts rural broadband plan at governors’ meeting in Phoenix
Brad Smith, Microsoft President, writing at LinkedIn with Carol Ann Browne We live in a time when it’s easy to talk about a divided America. On some days the divide is characterized by partisanship and a division between our political parties. On other days the news is characterized by racial or economic divides. But there’s … Continue reading Today in Technology: Innovation in the Heart of America