Bad DACS lines can have a serious cascade effect. In recent weeks, a show billboard was incorrect because information was lifted from a dated DACS line. It was an easily avoidable mistake that was heard by listeners around the world. Why isn’t “air quality” more of a concern? “For travelers, it’s less of an issue because they know they’re going to be in and out,” says Druckman. “They can handle three, four, five days of bad air quality. For persons living there, it’s a major issue.
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HOW IT WORKSThe project will use a mix of technologies.TV white spaces will provide the best approach to reach the 80 percent of this underserved rural population that live in communities with a population density between two and 200 people per square mile.Satellite coverage should be used for areas with a population density of less than two people per square mile, and fixed wireless and limited fiber to the home should be used for communities with a density greater than 200 people per square mile.Smith says the strategy would use TV white spaces, which are unlicensed and unused airwaves.He says the powerful bandwidth will allow wireless signals to travel over hills and through buildings and trees.’Today 34 million Americans still lack broadband internet access, which is defined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a 25 Mbps connection.’Of these, 23.4 million live in rural parts of our country.’ People who live in these rural communities increasingly are unable to take advantage of the economic and educational opportunities enjoyed by their urban neighbors,’ he said in a blog post.The company plans to partner with telecommunications companies that serve rural counties in 12 states.It’s also asking for regulatory support from the Federal Communications Commission.It will also run plot projects itself.However, the National Association of Broadcasters dismissed the initiative as the ‘height of arrogance’ for Microsoft to ‘demand free, unlicensed spectrum after refusing to bid on TV airwaves’ in a recent FCC auction.’Policymakers should not be misled by slick Microsoft promises that threaten millions of viewers with loss of lifeline broadcast TV programming,’ spokesman Dennis Wharton said in a statement.Microsoft is announcing a project to bring broadband internet access to rural parts of the United States.Although the buffer zones, known as white spaces, are currently unused, Wharton said they are important for preventing adjacent channels from interfering with each other.That’s less of a problem in most rural areas, said Doug Brake, a telecommunications policy analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a think tank that includes Microsoft among its donors.’In rural areas, there aren’t that many television broadcasters so there’s a lot of unused spectrum,’ Brake said.’The real challenge is getting the number of users, the scale. Is there enough of a market for the device manufacturers to build these devices?’34 million Americans still lack broadband internet access, which is defined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a 25 Mbps connection. Of these, 23.4 million live in rural parts of our country, Microsoft saidTo make it work, Microsoft says the FCC will have to guarantee that these buffer zones remain available nationwide and make even more such zones available in rural areas.Microsoft is already piloting its idea in a sparsely populated region of southern Virginia, where it’s providing $250,000 to the Mid Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp.Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, holds up an ACRS2 device by ADAPTRUM used in TV White Space communications as he speaks at the Willard Hotel in WashingtonThe South Boston, Virginia based telecommunications provider will contribute another $250,000 and use a $500,000 grant from the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission.Mid Atlantic Broadband’s chief executive, Ted Deriso, said he reached out to Microsoft several years ago after seeing the Redmond, Washington, company deploy the technology in other parts of the world.’We said, ‘Wow, the problems they’re trying to solve in rural parts of Africa are the same we have in rural Virginia, on the technology side,” Deriso said.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is planning to visit his southern Virginia office on Tuesday to talk about the project, Deriso said.’When you think of rural, you have a lot of trees, hills,’ Deriso said.’You need a type of technology that can go longer distances and has better penetration.