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Microsoft Airband Initiative

Helping all communities thrive in a connected world

Internet access is a fundamental right.

The freedom to work, learn, and interact with the world requires access to the global network. Connectivity on its own, however, is not the end goal. It is a means to an end that becomes transformative when communities not only have access, but also the technology and solutions that enable safe and productive online experiences.

Our approach

We convene a global network of internet and energy providers, government agencies, nonprofits, and private sector companies focused on closing the global digital divide. Together, we not only build the digital infrastructure required for internet access, but also provide access to digital skills training, devices, and digital solutions that enable people and communities to operate online safely and productively. By working with local and regional partners, we create economic opportunities tailored to the communities they serve.

Bring More Women Online

Globally, women are less likely to have access to the internet than men. Learn how we are partnering to address the gender digital divide, ensuring more women and girls have access to transformative technology.

Our impact

Airband has helped more than 51 million people globally gain access to the internet and the economic and educational benefits that come with having affordable access. This includes over 4 million in the United States and 9 million people in Africa to date.
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Identify areas of highest need in the US

Accurate mapping is essential to disburse broadband funds efficiently and maximize resources and investments in communities of highest need. This dashboard is intended to empower state agencies, nonprofits, and policymakers to identify regions within their state with significant digital equity gaps.

Technology

We work with internet service provider (ISP) partners that build and embrace multi-technology and multi-frequency solutions. Examples include fiber, TV White Spaces, frequency bands like CBRS, mid-band fixed wireless, Wi-Fi, millimeter waves, and low-earth and geo orbit satellites.
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