Microsoft Airband Initiative
Brilliant people like you are developing new technologies, services, and business models that could help billions more people affordably engage online. Microsoft’s Airband Initiative partners with companies developing solutions that enable internet connectivity and energy access in underserved communities. We want to assist in bringing your technology to markets where it will do the most good.
In partnership with Internet access providers, energy access providers, and other local entrepreneurs, we deploy technologies and business models that reduce the cost of access, grow the overall market, and help billions more customers affordably get online.
52% of the world’s population is still not online. Even where people have access, they often do not subscribe to broadband because it is not affordable, or they lack the skills to use it. This problem is particularly acute in emerging markets.
14% of the world’s population still lack access to electricity, and another 3 billion rely on wood, charcoal, coal, and dung for heating and cooking. Microsoft Airband Initiative inspires affordable off-grid energy providers to increase access and allow more people to participate in today’s economy.
Connecting the unconnected
Learn how we are partnering with internet access and energy access providers to help billions of people get online.
Celebrate our Grant Fund Winners
We support, scale, and accelerate the growth of innovative entrepreneurs who are developing technologies and business models that expand internet connectivity and access to energy. We provide peer-based mentorship, financial support, product credits, networking opportunities, and access to experts.LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR GRANT FUND
Microsoft Airband Initiative Commercial Partners
The Microsoft Airband Initiative seeks to support, grow, and scale innovative businesses that increase internet connectivity and access to energy in underserved markets. We provide co-investment for internet and off-grid energy deployments, ongoing technical and project management support, as well as the opportunity to participate in public relations and co-marketing activities.LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS
February 25, 2018
Packerland Broadband and Microsoft to provide rural broadband access
Our partnership with Packerland Broadband will help connect Michigan and Wisconsin to broadband, bridging education and economic opportunities to rural communities.Learn more about the partnership
December 11, 2017
Microsoft offers grants to organizations working to improve affordable internet and energy access
The Microsoft Airband Initiative grant fund assists companies working to bring affordable internet and energy access, new technologies, services, and business models to underserved markets. Apply before January 31, 2018.Find out how to apply
July 11, 2017
Microsoft calls for U.S. strategy to eliminate rural broadband gap within 5 years
Learn how TV white spaces drive internet inclusion in Rural America.See what we're doing about it
July 11, 2017
Microsoft’s Broadband Strategy in Rural America
“White spaces are the best solution for reaching over 80 percent of people in rural America who lack broadband today.” – Brad SmithGet details on our plan
June 26, 2017
Second year of Microsoft Affordable Access Initiative grants awarded
Meet some of the entrepreneurs bringing internet connectivity, access to energy and economic opportunity where they're needed most.Read about their impact