Getting more people online
Nearly 50 percent of the global population is not online. The Microsoft Airband Initiative partners with organizations to utilize TV Whites Space (TVWS) devices and other low-cost wireless technologies to make it easier and more affordable for people to get online and participate in today’s economy.
Facilitating access to connectivity
Fourteen percent of the global population lack access to electricity, which inhibits their ability to access the internet. To facilitate connectivity and increase access, the Microsoft Airband Initiative invests in affordable, off-grid energy providers around the world.
Microsoft will continue to invest in partnerships with companies with the goal of bringing broadband connectivity to millions of people in the US and around the world.
As communities get connected, Microsoft will partner with national and local organizations to provide digital skills training for people of all ages to ensure they have the confidence to navigate the internet—improving education, health care, agriculture, and small business outcomes in these communities.Learn more about digital skills
To serve as a catalyst for market investments by others, and to reach additional rural communities, we provide royalty-free access to dozens of patents and sample source code related to broadband technology.Learn more about our technology
The Microsoft Airband initiative partners with local organizations to develop cost-effective solutions to the unique needs of their communities.
Access to broadband means access to opportunity. Learn about AirJaldi's efforts to close the gender gap in India by providing opportunities to women.
BLUETOWN deploys last-mile technologies to expand rural access to high-speed internet—and economic opportunity.
Cal.net specializes in bringing high speed internet to rural areas. By working with Microsoft and the FCC, they are giving the Central Valley, CA tools to thrive.
Ferry County, WA
Leaders from Ferry County and the Airband Initiative are leveraging innovative technology to increase broadband access and shore up emergency response.
600 million Africans lack access to either electricity or internet. M-KOPA, a Kenyan-based company, uses a cloud-connected IoT device to deliver affordable clean energy to 3 million people and 600,000 off-grid residences.
Using a fixed wireless network leveraging 5Ghz and TV White Space, Declaration Networks provides broadband connectivity to rural communities along the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Garrett County, Maryland.
New Sun Road
New Sun Road provides electricity, internet access, and education in remote environments to help alleviate the effects of climate change and global energy poverty.
Italian coffee company Lavazza, energy and agricultural innovator ALO&Partners, and the Colombian nonprofit MAKAIA teamed up to connect rural, coffee-growing areas of Colombia. Internet access was delivered via TV White Space technology and has already connected two schools and five farms.