Buffer Zone in TV Airwaves for Super Wi-Fi Rural Internet
Microsoft has grandiose plans to leverage TV airwaves for the transmittal of high-speed internet for 2 million Americans living in rural areas. For some time now, Microsoft’s research team has experimented with the science of harnessing the unused spectrum between individual TV channels to extend broadband services. Prestigious research institution Rice University won a $1.8 million federal grant in 2010 for melding Wi-Fi with digital TV ‘white space’. With their grant earnings, Rice U. formed the Technology For All (TFA) initiative.
TFA, was recognized for its research and service to its community back in 2016 at the White House, and received additional funding. Since then countless other institutions and tech giants such as Google are seeking entry into this untapped territory.
According to Parmesh Ramanathan, an engineering professor at the University of Wisconsin, Microsoft has been using the TV buffer zones, or white space, to provide broadband internet in several countries. Microsoft plans to collaborate with research institutions and local rural telecommunications providers in 12 states stretching from Washington to Maine in an effort to provide services for roughly 2 million rural Americans connected to high-speed internet over the next five years. An initiative of this proportion comes with many challenges. Wireless Design Magazine, highlights a few of these challenges in greater detail.
Microsoft will need the full regulatory cooperation from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and public sector. This tech leader is depending on the FCC to guarantee that these buffer zones remain available nationwide; while also extending this TV spectrum in rural areas where it is not readily available. Microsoft is looking to the public sector for aid in expanding broadband to over 20 million residents in rural areas.
Now, Microsoft is not alone in this initiative to bring broadband through rural areas. Other companies including Google have made similar requests.
Apple’s Smart Glasses New Wearables AR Product
Tech giant Apple recently filed a patent for a pair of smart glasses. This filing comes shortly after Apple announces ARKit that is a solution for furthering the advancement of augmented reality (AR).
ARKit is positioned to leverage both the iPhone and iPad’s display to overlay digital information to the real world. Analysts speculate that Apple is on pace to come out with augmented reality smart glasses in spring 2020. Loup Ventures Managing Partner Gene Munster predicts that Apple Glasses will have an average sales price of $1,300 with initial demand limited to just over 3 million units.
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About the Author: Jonathan D. Davis is a technology geek, entrepreneur, minister, educator, and dedicated mentor to children. He has over 18 years of experience in the telecommunications and electrical industry. He has traveled extensively, while serving in a wide assortment of IT roles including Research Support Engineer and Subject Matter Expert. A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Jonathan caught the technology bug at a very young age. Since then, he has developed a curious knack for identifying the next game changing technology and technological innovation. From the age of four years old, he showed early signs of his gift by his enjoyment of taking any piece of electronic hardware apart to see how they worked and putting each back together. Shortly after, a school field trip sparked his excitement in learning about robotics, electronic gaming, and aerospace. He became inspired by his favorite inventors, Granville T. Woods and Nikola Tesla who are Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, to pursue an education in the same disciplines. He currently serves as an IT Business Consultant with AstroTesla, LLC.