Microsoft Airband Initiative

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Microsoft and Tilson Team Up to Expand Access to Broadband Internet in Rural Communities

Tilson is a leading 5G solutions provider performing and delivering network systems integration, pole ownership, and consulting services for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the nation that are part of the Microsoft Airband ISP Program.

By utilizing TV white space technology (TVWS) along with WiFi, LTE, CBRS, 5GNR, and fiber, Tilson will support the Microsoft Airband Initiative goals of expanding broadband capacity and improving access for users in rural areas with challenging terrain.

Tilson provides pole/conduit licensing, permitting, engineering, project management, and construction services for Airband ISPs and their successful expansion into rural communities. Tilson’s consulting team will also assist Airband ISPs with the deployment of business and operational support systems into Microsoft Azure enhancing the scalability and cost effectiveness of their platforms.

Network Services

Tilson’s team of network engineers, construction teams, and site acquisition specialists support projects of all sizes, big or small. Our network engineers are experts in Cloud Core architecture and network integration making networks nimbler and scalable and can design solutions that are both cost effective and offer the highest capacity possible. Tilson’s professional field technicians are certified by major radio vendors to support a wide range of projects across the country with network installation, surveying, and maintenance. Lastly our real estate teams can help with tower and pole site acquisition, joint use agreements, and ROW processes in all 50 states.

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Tilson’s Public Utility

Supported by Tilson’s real-estate entitlement, engineering, construction and operational capabilities, Tilson develops, owns, and leases back poles and other infrastructure in the right of way to carriers, utilities, municipalities, enterprises, broadband/internet service providers and IoT operators. We provide customers with infrastructure that enables faster deployment and creative network solutions and offer flexible ownership and financing structures for poles, towers, dark fiber, and wireless networks.

Our growing portfolio of wooden, metal and decorative concealed structures enable today’s dense wireless coverage applications while being community sensitive. Our flexible approach offers customers the ability to utilize new and existing infrastructure to optimize for cost, speed and technical requirements. We specialize in providing any element of our clients’ infrastructure – poles, towers, dark fiber and wireless networks on an elemental, disaggregated or bundled basis.


Tilson assists Airband partners with the expansion of your subscriber relationships, by helping your organization get setup in Microsoft 365, Azure and Surface into your offerings. Understanding the services, becoming part of the Microsoft Partner Network, and choosing a distributor to work with can each be a challenging task. The team at Tilson understands this process and can work with your organization to navigate this process and start increasing your Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) today.

Airband partners can also benefit significantly by migrating your operational and backend systems to Azure allowing you to scale nationally without infrastructure limitations.  Tilson’s consultants have many years of Azure experience providing design & engineering, deployment or migration, and ongoing support of Azure environments that can provide for all of your data center needs. Deploying or migrating to Azure can save your organization significant costs, while also providing the resiliency and scalability that many WISPs cannot afford with in house infrastructure.

Inquire Below to Find Out How Tilson Can Help Extend Broadband in Your Community

Stephen Hand

Stephen Hand
Director of Consulting 

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