Last year, Microsoft launched a $10 billion project, Rural Airband Initiative, to provide high-speed networks for people living in rural areas of the United States. It is reported that the project is expected to provide services to two million citizens in the United States in 2022. In order to advance the project, Microsoft established a partnership with RADWIN in July, and several months later reached an agreement with Agile Networks and Network Business Systems.
Today, the technology company has announced its cooperation with Native Network. As part of the partnership agreement, they will provide broadband Internet services to 73,500 residents of rural communities in Washington and Montana.
According to a FCC report, 10% of people living in rural Washington do not have access to high-speed networks, and 40% more in Montana. In addition, the report also pointed out that 35% of US citizens living in the tribal areas are facing similar problems. To this end, Native Network will also deploy wireless network access service networks in tribal areas of the above-mentioned states, including the Pingtou Reserve in Montana. In addition, Lummi Nation and Swinomish Tribe in Washington state are also among them.
Microsoft president Brad
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington, Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, and Jenny Rickel, CEO of Natvie Network also expressed their joy at the cooperation.