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- Jul 2017
During these meetings, Mr. Smith observed that millions of Americans,including millions of students, largely in rural communities, lack broadband internet access, which is a critical component of enabling success in today’s digital society. Microsoft’s research and community deployments1have shown that white spaces technology is a very effective toolfor expanding existing broadband networks into unserved or underserved communities. This is because white spaces technologies use a frequency band that permits network operators to extend wireless broadband signals significantly farther than other bands,while requiringless infrastructureand increasingaffordability. As a result, with white spacestechnologies, providers can expand their networks to serve communities where existing technologies are economically impractical to deploy.
This technology has been proven on other continents, and would otherwise go unused.