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Speed Testing for Change State governments are using speed test results to decide where upgrades are needed. Become a speed tester and help bring better broadband to your community. Run a speed test now Rural America cannot remain disconnected Billions have been spent on rural broadband, yet reliable service remains out of reach for millions. Tell us how this gap has affected you. TAKE OUR BROADBAND SURVEY NOW

BROADBAND ACCESS FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

Our region’s economic, educational, and cultural well-being depend on everyone having access to affordable high-speed internet. Government broadband expansion programs must replace outdated rural infrastructure with technology that can meet the needs of today and the demands of the next 30 years.

THE DIGITAL DESERT

How vast is the expanse?

THE CLAIM – Areas in orange represent 190,000 households that the FCC considers unserved based on unverified reports from internet providers. This estimate leaves out hundreds of thousands of eligible households.

THE REALITY- Our region has at least 340,000 unserved households. Many more are underserved, with less than 25Mbps download / 3Mbps upload speeds, a standard that was last considered relevant in 2012.

As state and federal funding becomes available we MUST advocate for transparent progress reports, careful evaluation of deployment plans, and network designs that meet established standards to handle 30+ years of growth.

Run a Speed Test

Speed test results are important! It doesn’t matter if your internet is fast or slow. It just matters that you run the test.

Government agencies are using speedtest data to verify broadband availability. The more tests people run, the more accurate the data.

Take our Survey

What kind of internet do you have at your home or business? Are you happy with it? Can you even get internet where you live?

Take this 5 minute survey and help document the true extent of broadband need in rural Ohio.

RECENT NEWS

2021 State of the Region Rural Broadband Presentation

At the 2021 Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference, Tom Reid outlined the steps needed to bring broadband to all households in the region. With the prospect of significant government funding on the horizon, it is essential to advocate for transparent, accountable programs to build robust, open networks that encourage competition. State of the Region 2021 Rural Broadband Presentation (PDF)

Rural Broadband: We must plan for the next 30 years

As the Biden administration gears up to invest billions in rural broadband access, industry insiders like the National Cable TV Association and AT&T have expressed concerns about the high cost of fiber optic technology. While they acknowledge that fiber is the most "future proof" technology currently available, they say it is too expensive for rural America. They point out that existing technologies like fixed wireless,…

The True Cost of Rural Broadband

FCC internet subsidy will cover just 20% of cost in rural Ohio. Will it be enough? The Year of the Zoom Meeting has made one thing abundantly clear. If you don't have high speed internet, you can't participate in the post-COVID economy: your kids can't attend school, your parents can't meet with their doctors, and you can't to go to work. In rural Ohio, this…

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