Microsoft touts rural broadband plan at governors' meeting in Phoenix

""We're launching a series of pilot projects in states around the country over the course of five years," said Ryan Harkins, director of state affairs and public policy at Microsoft. 

Harkins explained the plan during a session of the winter 2017 meeting of the Western Governors Association in Phoenix on Friday. He was part of a panel discussing the past and future of the Western United States.'

Over the next year, the cloud-computing giant has pledged to roll out "Airband,'' technology to several rural areas in Arizona, as well as other states, Harkins said."