By the Blouin News Technology staff

Are white spaces the answer for rural internet?

by in Personal Tech.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr

Microsoft has taken somewhat of a lead on the development of white spaces — the spectrum that lies between frequency bands and which can be used for communication technology — in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, the company filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for Special Temporary Authority (STA) to test sensors using white space device operations in certain bands to “determine their suitability for precision agriculture applications,” reports Fierce Wireless.

This effort is one of many Microsoft has made around the world to try to bring the use of white spaces onto to the mainstream telecommunications scene. The company continues to release grants to companies around the world to test rural internet capabilities including organizations in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. Most recently, Microsoft provided a grant to Axiom Technologies in Washington County, Maine to provide internet access to three dozen rural homes. That fact provides some context of the scale of these rural web initiatives; they affect few people, but those in favor of building out unused frequencies see it as another way to try to connect the last billion people to the internet…

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