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Oculus Rift and Touch get price cuts, Microsoft to bring broadband to USIn this week's wrap-up, stepping into virtual reality just got a lot cheaper. Meanwhile, Microsoft plans to bridge the digital divide in the US by using TV frequencies for high-speed internet access.
This is CNET, and here are the stories that matter right now. The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and its touch controller got a temporary $200 price cut. The bundle now costs $399 and will remain at that price for six weeks. After that time period is over, the Rift plus touch controller bundle will not go back to its regular 599 price. Instead, Oculus announced that the Rift and Touch will cost $499, and that is a permanent price cut. A Bloomberg report says that Oculus is also working on a $200 all-in-one VR headset that may debut in 2018. On July 12th, 170 major companies took place in a protest to protect net neutrality. You may have seen a notice on sites like Netflix, Amazon and Reddit, that the ways they use the internet could change. The US Federal Communications Commission is planning to get rid of open internet rules that stops telecoms from slowing down access to different sites. The notice has encouraged people to send comments to the FCC before a plan is finalized. Microsoft announced its intention to bring broadband internet to millions of rural Americans. The company will not become a telecom. Instead, Microsoft will partner with local ISPs to use television whitespaces to provide wireless high speed internet. TV whitespaces are unused frequencies between TV channels. They are able to reach long distances while passing through obstacles like buildings and trees. Microsoft says it will have at least 12 projects active in 12 states in the next 12 months. [MUSIC] Stay up to date with the latest by downloading the CNet Tech Today app, available for iOS and Android.