Currently, more than 23 million Americans in rural communities lack access to broadband internet, but Microsoft would like to change that.

Microsoft has developed and put in motion a plan that would connect 2 million of those Americans over the next five years.

How? By using TV white space, unused spectrum in TV bands, which can travel far and pass through obstacles, both natural and manmade. The tech giant is partnering with local Internet service providers to achieve this and has already connected 185,000 people.

Microsoft says this method is less expensive than fibre cables, a broadband method popularised by another large tech company, Google.

The National Association of Broadcasters isn’t a fan, however, and has gone to the Federal Communications Commission to oppose the plan.

To learn more, check out the video below from CNET:

Written by: Caitlin Fairchild

Source: NextGov

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