Connect Americans Now Targets Low Band Spectrum for Rural Broadband Connectivity

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Connect Americans Now (CAN), a group designed to ensure access to low band spectrum and to broadband connectivity, announced its launch today. The group is a diverse alliance of community leaders, rural advocates and top innovators that plans to work with the Federal Communications Commission...Learn More

Microsoft TV White Spaces Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Deployments Provide Emergency Communications

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TV white spaces (TVWS) technology provided by Microsoft is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were ravaged by hurricanes, knocking out internet...Learn More

Microsoft TechSpark Puts a Full Court Press on Rural Broadband

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The Microsoft TechSpark initiative, which kicked off in Fargo, North Dakota late yesterday, aims to use technology to boost local economies outside the country’s major metropolitan areas. The five-faceted program will include deployment of the Airband fixed wireless technology that Microsoft has been promoting, as...Learn More

Report: Small Business Benefits of Rural Broadband are Plentiful

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There are many small business benefits of rural broadband, argues ACT – The App Association in a well-researched blog post that cites numerous real-world examples of those benefits. ACT, an association of small technology firms, wrote the blog post to advocate for TV white spaces...Learn More

Echoing Microsoft, House Coalition Asks FCC for Three TV White Space Channels to Target Rural Broadband

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A bi-partisan coalition of 43 Congressional representatives is asking the FCC to reserve at least three TV white space channels in the 600 MHz band to support rural broadband deployments. “We believe that the television white spaces (TVWS) have strong potential to revolutionize broadband internet...Learn More

Microsoft Rural Airband Project Will Partner with Service Providers for Rural Broadband

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Microsoft introduced an interesting initiative today, the Microsoft Rural Airband project. Microsoft will invest an unspecified amount of money with existing rural broadband carriers to bring broadband to 2 million people in rural America by 2022. Microsoft will help fund projects that use TV white...Learn More

Gigabit Libraries Network Announces Five Library TV White Space Broadband Project Awards

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Libraries in five states – Georgia, Maine, Nebraska, South Dakota and Washington – number among a total of nine projects awarded funding and support from the Gigabit Libraries Network (GLN) and San Jose State University’s School of Information (iSchool) to expand the Libraries WhiteSpace Project....Learn More

Libraries TV White Space Project Wins $250,000 Grant

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Oct. 19, 2016 – San Jose, CA – San Jose State University’s School of Information (iSchool) in partnership with the Giga- bit Libraries Network (GLN) announced today they have been awarded a National Leadership Grant of nearly $250,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library...Learn More

Developer: Big Improvements in TV White Spaces Economics Coming Soon

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Will 2016 be the year we finally begin to see a serious uptake in adoption of TV white spaces broadband wireless technology? The answer is yes, according to Jim Carlson, CEO of Carlson Wireless, who told Telecompetitor this week that he expects to see big...Learn More

Rural Operators Could Find Opportunity in CBRS Auction Plans Adopted by FCC

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Rural operators could find it easier to obtain spectrum licenses in the citizens broadband radio service (CBRS) band as the result of CBRS auction plans adopted by the FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting. Previously the FCC had said it would only issue licenses where...Learn More

TV White Space Broadband Speeds Set to Double with 802.22b

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TV white spaces broadband wireless technology is on track to see a doubling in the speeds it can support, now that the IEEE has approved the 802.22b standard. The new version of the point-to-multipoint standard can support speeds of 50 Mbps or more, said Apurva...Learn More

Report: Low-Power WANs for IoT Threaten Cellular Dominance

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Low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) are poised to give traditional cellular networks a run for their money when it comes to machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connections, according to Beecham Research’s ¨Low Power Wide Area Networks for IoT Applications.¨ From zero in 2015,...Learn More

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