By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 3-5-20

Marking the halfway point in its Airband rural broadband initiative, Microsoft said it is now in 25 states and one territory and is on track to meet its goal of 3 million more rural Americans with broadband access.

Airband is Microsoft’s promotion of unlicensed wireless in the TV white spaces to extend broadband access.

Shelley McKinley, VP of Microsoft Technology and Corporate Responsibility Group, talked in a blog post about a team of Amish-owned horses dragging a load up a ridge in rural New York State, pointing out that the only thing that distinguished the scene from a Norman Rockwell painting was that it was a load of telecom equipment.

She gave the FCC credit for its effort to improve broadband data and mapping, saying that it remains problematic when the FCC data show access where none exists.  » Read More