Microsoft is announcing a project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States.The company plans to partner with telecommunications companies that serve rural counties in 12 states.
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FEBRUARY 11, 2013
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2013 - MID-HUDSON VALLEY RURAL BROADBAND COMPANY, INC.
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- Microsoft announces rural broadband initiative
By The Associated Press - Tuesday Jul 11, 2017
- Microsoft to Heartland: Broadband is coming
By Reuters - Tuesday Jul 11, 2017
Microsoft on Tuesday announced an initiative to bring high-speed internet to millions of rural Americans through unused television airwaves in a long-term bet for user growth. The Redmond, Washington, technology company proposed using spectrum typically reserved for TV stations to broadcast high-speed internet to underserved U.S. locations. To start, Microsoft will commit to a five-year […]
- Microsoft to help expand rural broadband in 6 states
By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press - Thursday Oct 5, 2017
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Microsoft announced Thursday it is teaming up with communities in six states to to invest in technology and related jobs in rural and smaller metropolitan areas.Company president Brad Smith launched the TechSpark program Thursday in Fargo, a metropolitan area of more than 200,000 people that includes a Microsoft campus with about 1,500 employees. Smith says the six communities are different by design and not all have a Microsoft presence.Smith says TechSpark is a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment to help teach computer science to students, expand rural broadband and help create and fill jobs, among other things. The other programs will be in Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
- Microsoft eyes unused TV airwaves in bold rural broadband plan
Tuesday Jul 11, 2017
Microsoft wants to extend broadband access to rural communities by harnessing unused parts of the TV airwaves spectrum.
- Trump’s rural broadband goal won’t be easy. It will be costly
By Mark Niquette and Alan Bjerga - Monday Jul 3, 2017
President Trump has promised to expand broadband service to rural areas as part of his $1 trillion nationwide infrastructure plan.Without it, you’re asking farmers and ranchers to operate a viable business without modern technology,’’ said R.J. Karney, director of congressional relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Washington.Trump pledged during a trip to Iowa in June that his infrastructure plan will include a provision “to promote and foster, enhance broadband access for rural America.”Overall, the administration will call for $200 billion in federal spending over 10 years on public works of all types — and seek to leverage at least $800 billion in spending by states, localities and the private sector.Approaches suggested by political officials and advocates include making grants and loans to towns or rural cooperatives, extending tax credits to lure for-profit companies into under-served areas, and holding “reverse auctions” in which providers bid on public money that’s offered to bring service to specified areas for the lowest cost.The $80 billion cost for reaching all residential and business locations that lack access to fiber or cable broadband can be slashed by being slightly less ambitious, according to a paper released in January by Paul de Sa, former chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis.Investment in broadband is probably more beneficial than funding other areas of infrastructure because the U.S. is “just beginning to realize the potential innovation and productivity gains” it offers, de Sa said in the paper.Brian Whitacre, an agricultural economist at Oklahoma State University who has studied the economic impact of rural broadband, equates it to the drive for rural electrification in the 1930s — a necessity for daily life.[...] Mark Jamison, director of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida and a member of Trump’s FCC transition team, said the benefit of direct funding hasn’t been proven to outweigh spending for other purposes.Some of the $7.2 billion spent on rural broadband in President Barack Obama’s 2009 stimulus bill was wasted, said Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, the top Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee.