Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) signed an agreement with Microsoft Corp. to bring connectivity to underserved, rural communities across the United States as part of the Microsoft Airband Initiative. The initiative partners with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) working on broadband access solutions for rural unserved communities through a mix of technologies that includes TV white spaces (TVWS), Inside Towers reported. As part of the agreement, Zayo will provide backbone fiber solutions via its existing network to ISPs to deliver high speed internet.
Through collaborations with ISPs and other companies and organizations, the Microsoft Airband Initiative aims to extend broadband access to at least 3 million people in unserved portions of rural America by July 2022.
“When underserved areas gain access to high-speed internet, everyone benefits,” said Brian Daniels, senior vice president of Strategic Networks at Zayo. “Broadband provides access to educational, employment and healthcare resources at the family level as well as facilitating economic development in the communities in which they live. Combining our large mobile infrastructure builds and our ever expanding K-12 education networks provides Zayo an unparalleled platform to support the Airband Initiative. We look forward to working together with Microsoft — and with rural service providers — on this innovative initiative to close the digital divide.”
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