With the latest update to its Airband Initiative, Microsoft's focus has now switched towards racial and ethnic minorities. New data on the U.S. broadband gap has also been released.
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Microsoft has unveiled its plans for this year to continue introducing broadband access to more of rural America, attempting to help people in these areas flourish in other departments as well.
Microsoft is teaming up with U.S. state Vermont in order to help boost broadband connectivity and introduce several skill programs in rural areas. The collaboration is part of the Airband Initiative.
A new agreement between Microsoft and Native Network will see 73,500 people living in rural communities in rural Montana and Washington receive broadband internet as part of the Airband Initiative.
As part of its Airband Initiative, Microsoft has signed an agreement with Network Business Systems to deliver high-speed internet to 126,700 more people living in rural communities in the U.S.
Microsoft's Rural Airband Initiative hopes to boost availability of high-speed internet in rural areas, using TV 'white spaces', similar to the broadband networks it helped to launch in Africa.