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Microsoft plans to spend $10 billion to bring broadband to rural America

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Microsoft plans to spend $10 billion to bring broadband to rural America

Seems like a good idea until you start to read:

"The project will rely on a new “white-space” technology, which beams internet data over unused television broadcast frequencies. Microsoft hopes to work with the government to collect information from local television stations about what part of their television spectrum goes unused."

http://www.siliconbeat.com/2017/07/11/microsoft-plans-spend-10-billion-bring-broadband-rural-america/

I have had the experience of a major sporting event reduced to only  hard wired gear working thank to the stadium management company going to a white space data network, not fun.

 

 

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NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said, "It's the height of arrogance for Microsoft – a $540 billion company – to demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on broadcast TV airwaves in the recent FCC incentive auction."

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