Closing the rural broadband gap
Many rural areas lack broadband access, limiting their ability to thrive in a digital economy. The Airband Initiative brings affordable broadband access to everyone.
Empowering rural Kenya with affordable internet
Mawingu Networks provides affordable internet connectivity to help communities in rural Kenya gain access to online public services and digital economic opportunities.
The Microsoft Airband Initiative advances digital equity—access to affordable internet, affordable devices, and digital skills—as a platform for empowerment and digital transformation across the world.
Eliminating the US rural broadband gap
Microsoft has developed a strategic approach that brings together private and public-sector organizations to help address the needs of millions of people who live in rural America and lack access to broadband.
Addressing racial and digital inequity
Airband is expanding to US cities that face some of the largest broadband gaps among communities of color. Our approach focuses on providing access to affordable broadband, devices, and digital skilling tools and resources.
Closing the global digital divide
Nearly all of the unconnected are in markets outside the United States, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Learn how we are working with partners in Kenya to improve rural productivity and livelihood in communities that would otherwise not have access to these technological opportunities.
Cal.net delivers high-speed internet to California’s rural Sierra Mountain foothills and Central Valleys, focusing especially on areas comprising over one million residences and small businesses that have historically lacked access to high-speed internet.
In Eastern Ghana, Bluetown is delivering affordable broadband to over 800,000 people in rural areas. Using technologies like TV white spaces, Bluetown is enabling local businesses and schools to access digital services.
Veriown brings Internet-connect solar energy to areas without access to a power grid. Using technology that provides electricity and internet through a single device, Veriown provides communities with access to online education and commerce.
Using low-cost technologies, Mawingu Networks connects people to the internet for as little as one dollar per month. Lower infrastructure costs make it more affordable for people to access the internet and participate in the digital economy.
Elimination of the broadband gap requires deployment of low-cost technology at scale. We support businesses working to increase internet and energy access and make it more affordable. Partnerships include co-investment and access to resources like technology, digital skills, and support for digital transformation.
US broadband maps
Accurate mapping is essential to help connect people without broadband access. Microsoft has compiled an estimate of the number of people in the US not using the internet at broadband speeds at the state, county, and congressional district levels.
In the news
Learn more about the Microsoft Airband Initiative and explore the latest news and updates.
An essential component of the COVID-19 recovery
This opinion piece outlines a need for investment in innovative wireless technologies, public and private partnerships, and flexible financial models to close the broadband gap.
How high-speed internet is reshaping lives
In rural America, access to high-speed internet is fundamental in an increasingly digital and connected world but is often taken for granted in urban areas.
The path to prosperity through access to high-speed internet
Through partnerships and initiatives, Microsoft is committed to closing the digital divide once and for all by connecting everyone in the world to the internet.
Working together to bring connectivity to military Veterans
Microsoft is expanding its work with Veterans Affairs to bring broadband access, digital skills training, and telehealth services to Veterans living in rural areas.
Stepping up our efforts to close the rural broadband gap
With the early progress of the Airband Initiative, we are raising our goal. We will now work to extend broadband access to 3 million Americans in rural areas by July 2022.