Microsoft today announced partnership with Agile Networks to bring high-speed internet access to 110,000 currently unserved people in rural areas in Ohio. Microsoft will make use of Agile’s telecommunications infrastructure throughout the state including TV white spaces, to provide broadband internet for the next four years. This high-speed internet will enable many critical functions in medical clinics and rural hospitals, schools, oil and gas wells, agriculture operations, and households.
“In today’s digital economy, broadband access has become a necessity across industries including healthcare, agriculture, business and education,” said Shelley McKinley, Microsoft’s head of Technology and Corporate Responsibility. “Our partnership with Agile will help deliver broadband internet access to rural communities across Ohio so that they can take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s opportunities and the latest cloud technologies.”
“People across the state, no matter where they choose to live, work and send their children to school, should have the same access to strong, reliable broadband service,” said Kyle Quillen, Agile Networks Founder and CEO. “This partnership will have an impact on more than 900,000 people across the state of Ohio, of whom 110,000 completely lack access to broadband. We’re excited to partner with Microsoft as part of this national initiative to ensure everyone has access to the information they need, when they need it.”
Microsoft believes that this project will serve as a catalyst for economic development in rural parts of Ohio.