Microsoft touts rural broadband plan at governors’ meeting in Phoenix

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

Today in Technology: Innovation in the Heart of America

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

Microsoft Leverages Tv White Spaces in Puerto Rico

Microsoft this morning is announcing its use of TV white spaces - unused broadcast spectrum channels - to help build out access to broadband in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin islands following the hurricanes that took out essential communications infrastructure in both regions. "In partnership with NetHope, government agencies, local Internet Service Providers, and … Continue reading Microsoft Leverages Tv White Spaces in Puerto Rico

Brad Smith, Microsoft President at Montana High Tech Summit on Jobs and Broadband

By Russ Steele Smith was the Keynote speaker at Senator Steve Daines Montana High Tech Summit on October 9th.  Smith covers the future of jobs and the role of technology and education in a changing job market. One of the critical aspects of this transition is access to broadband communications, “a critical necessity of life” … Continue reading Brad Smith, Microsoft President at Montana High Tech Summit on Jobs and Broadband

FCC Chairman Supports Rural Broadband

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai secured his reconfirmation Monday evening in a mostly party-line 52-41 vote, though some Democrats vote for his confirmation. The Democrats that voted for Pai liked his position on rural broadband. "I just need a lot of help in West Virginia, and he's been moving in that direction," former Commerce Committee member … Continue reading FCC Chairman Supports Rural Broadband

Slow Fiber in Nevada County — FCC Help on the Horizon?

Union Columnist George Boardman reports that Spiral’s fiber-optic network has been delayed again. Nevada County's long-promised high-speed fiber-optic network has been delayed again, and John Paul, CEO of Spiral Internet, is not making any promises about when groundbreaking will occur and the first customers will receive service. Perhaps Paul has concluded that he is no … Continue reading Slow Fiber in Nevada County — FCC Help on the Horizon?

FCC Solution for Increasing Broadband Access is Lower the Standard

The FCC posted a Section 706 notice of inquiry on broadband deployment. proposing to lower US broadband standard from 25Mbps to 10 Mbps. I wonder which Telco Lobbying Team proposed that change? It is interesting to note that Whitespace TV is limited to about 10 Mbps. The proposed upper limit on Microsofts Whitespace TV Broadband … Continue reading FCC Solution for Increasing Broadband Access is Lower the Standard