New coalition to bring more internet to rural America

January 3, 2018

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Microsoft, along with a slew of rural broadband and technology groups, is launching a new issue advocacy coalition called Connect Americans Now https://connectamericansnow.com/our-coalition/ that aims to eliminate the digital divide in rural America.

It's part of a greater push by the company and others to close the broadband gap by using TV "white spaces" spectrum -- or vacant channels.that use TV frequencies that are generally cheaper than fiber optic cable.

Why it matters: Expanding rural access to broadband has long been a challenge in the U.S., since internet providers worry they'll never recoup the investment they make in building those networks. Roughly 34 million Americans lack a broadband connection and the vast majority - 23.4 million - live in rural areas.

Sara Fischer

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