Podcast 1727: TV White Spaces Connecting Rural Michigan: Hope or Hoax?

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Show Notes

Hour 1


Microsoft’s President, Brad Smith, announced on July 11 that the digital giant is going to throw its weight behind TV White Space technology to connect millions of our fellow citizens living in rural America.  The initial stages of the program will hook up some 2.3 million people in 12 states (including Michigan!) by 2025.

In today’s show we will breakdown Microsoft’s plan and discuss the pros and cons of using TV White Space technology as one of the ways to cost effectively connect this huge portion of population.  Is this the new Great White (Space) Hope or Hoax?

Click Here to Listen to Microsoft Announcement


Joining us to discuss the topic are two people with long term investments in reaching America’s underserved populations with broadband technology:

Jameson Zimmer is the Director of Content at BroadbandNow, where he works to make complex industry data accessible to people who rely on Internet access — which is to say, virtually everyone. His most recent consumer advocacy projects include publicizing the state laws holding back municipal broadband, as well as the often misunderstood issue of exclusive Internet contracts in apartment buildings.


Charlie Hopper is the founder and CEO of Pasty.net and Pasty.com.  Listeners to the Internet Advisor will know Charlie as a pioneer in connecting some of Michigan’s most beautiful and remote communities in the Upper Peninsula to high speed Internet.  Over the years we have discussed Charlie’s many efforts to keep connections working for this isolated area of our state.  He has already experimented with the use of TV White Space for signal delivery and will have great practical insight into the practical side of Microsoft’s proposal.

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The next meeting of MacGroup-Detroit will take place on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 3PM.

Jack Beckman will present:

Your internet Privacy: “VPNs – What are they?  And do you need one?”

Plus additional information by Dave McGuire

The meetings are held at The Birmingham Temple, 28611 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills MI 48334.

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