Microsoft, Nextlink partner to expand broadband in six states2019-09-19 17:06 by Daniela
Tags: Microsoft, Nextlink
Microsoft and Nextlink Internet announced a new partnership that could help around one million people in rural areas in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas improve their internet connectivity.
The partnership is part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative. It seeks to extend broadband access to more than 3 million underserved rural Americans by July 2022, the company said Wednesday morning in announcing its agreement with Nextlink Internet of Hudson Oaks, Texas.
Microsoft launched its Airband Initiative in July 2017 and has supported small- and medium-sized internet companies in completing infrastructure projects, digital skills trainings and public policy advocacy.
The Federal Communications Commission estimates upwards of 21 million Americans don't have broadband access, Microsoft, meanwhile, believes around 29 million people in the aforementioned states alone don't use high-speed internet - across the country, that figure rises to about 162 million.
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