randomErr writes: With multiple last mile projects going Microsoft has a rather more humble plan to connect rural america: broadcast on unused television spectrum. Thier new initiative is to beam data into rural communities. The idea is simple: TV channels are broadcast with small gaps between them to avoid interference. Microsoft plans to load these gaps, known as white-space, with broadband data. The company plans to enter into collaborations with local telecom companies on 12 projects in 12 states over the next year. Its larger vision: to provide two million people in the U.S. with broadband by 2022.