A group of 25 organizations is calling on the FCC to open a further notice of proposed rulemaking that grease the wheels for rural broadband access using TV “white spaces,” or unused spectrum between TV channels. The groups – including American Farm Bureau, National Grange, and numerous state organizations – say in comments filed Monday the white space technology “offers a great solution” to the rural broadband access issue and “is far more economical than attempting to extend fiber to small customer bases in remote and hard-to-reach areas.” The comments were authored by Connect Americans Now, a coalition promoting the use of the technology, in support of a petition for rulemaking filed by Microsoft in May. Microsoft is a member of CAN. The group says opening a new rulemaking “would further support the development and deployment” of white space technology.

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