Microsoft has said that a mix of its TV white spaces
technology, satellite internet and other connection methods could prove economically transformative for rural Americans who lack reliable access to broadband.
Through its Rural Airband Initiative, Microsoft aims to deliver broadband to 2 million people by 2022 through commercial partnerships with local companies like Packerland, leveraging a mixture of technologies including TV White Spaces
, and through patent sharing.
TV white spaces
broadband would create more options for employees, allow us to extend our recruiting, and enable rural communities to attract and retain skilled workers who will contribute locally.
They also suggested that fixed wireless and fiber connections should be for high population density areas, TV white spaces
for rural communities and satellite for sparsely populated locales.
in  argued that geo-location database based spectrum access technology is appropriate to exploit TV white spaces
because the features of TV white spaces
are relatively predictable.
Microsoft is experimenting with TV white space
technology, which utilises unused radio spectrum to provide Wi-Fi connectivity.
Caption: The TV White Spaces
trial run included high-resolution Skype video conferencing from three locations, each connected to the Internet with the help of Adaptrum's TVWS technology with the next steps are to enhance the network operational efficiency, and to trial video teaching, e-content distribution, and peering between the connected stations.
Would there be a more vibrant TV white spaces
market today in the counterfactual case?
They address cognitive networking issues that are related to the physical layer of the network architecture, reviewing cooperative communication technologies and techniques for disseminating data and selecting channels in cognitive radio networks; resource management, focusing on TV white spaces
and QoS requirements; power control issues in modern mobile networks and how regulations affect business aspects related to cognitive radio; and experimental results related to distributed data dissemination.
During the course of last year's event, hundreds of addresses and technical presentations explored topics such as “Robust Wearable Health Monitoring Systems,” “Audiovisual and Haptic Interactive IP Communications,” “Energy Efficient Green Cellular Networks,” “Multihop Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Over TV White Spaces
,” “Mobile Applications to Facilitate Electric Vehicle Deployment,” “Real-Life Applicable Fall Detection Systems” and “New Posture Monitoring Systems for Preventing Physical Illness of Smartphone Users.
Mahonen, "Improving coverage prediction for primary multitransmitter networks operating in the TV white spaces
," 9th Annual IEEE Communication Society Conference on Sensor, Mesh and Adhoc Communication and Networks (SECON), 547-555, 2012.
Microsoft has announced that it is collaborating with the Kenyan government and a local Internet service provider to provide broadband access using TV white spaces
and solar-powered base stations.