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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 Government broadband expansion programs must replace outdated rural infrastructure with technology that can meet the needs of today and the demands of the next 30 years.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

Ohio Ohio Weekly: Rural Broadband Expansion

Earlier this year, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 2 into law, creating the Ohio Broadband Expansion Program. Then, as part of the state’s new biennial budget, $250 million dollars was earmarked to allow internet service providers to apply for grants that will help fund the infrastructure needed to provide faster internet access to underserved rural Ohio communities. How soon will Ohioans see a difference in their broadband offerings and what does that process look like? On this week’s Our Ohio Weekly, we connect with experts to talk about rural broadband.
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Extending broadband: ‘It’s a rather stark picture for Guernsey County’

More than 75% of Guernsey County's geography including 40% of homes do not have access to broadband service that meets minimum standards, according a study conducted by Reid Consulting Group in Athens. That was the news delivered to Guernsey County commissioners Wednesday during a zoom meeting with Tom Reid and Sean O'Malley of Reid Consulting Group and officials from the Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association.
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More broadband funds in the works, advocates looking for accountability

The U.S. legislature is considering historic investments in broadband expansion, following a year and a half of a pandemic that revealed how important broadband access is for education, work and social connection. But while funding is a big part of closing the digital divide, broadband advocates say that funding needs to come with accountability and transparency, and to be targeted to the areas that need it the most.
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Legislature restores broadband funding, removes municipal network ban

Broadband expansion is back on the agenda for the state of Ohio. The state budget conference committee restored the Governor's…

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Broadband expansion: Ohio Senate cuts funds, limits municipal networks

With the state budget now in conference committee, the Ohio Senate is trying to eliminate the Governor's $190 million broadband…

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Ohio Senate cuts broadband funding from budget, adds amendment advocates say limits expansion

The future of Ohio's broadband expansion could be on the chopping block. The state Senate approved its version of Gov. Mike DeWine's two-year state budget on Wednesday and killed all broadband-related funding. Additionally, the Senate inserted new restrictions on the state's new broadband grant program. The bill would effectively restrict public agencies' ability to expand internet access outside of a municipality's boundaries, advocates in rural and central Ohio said.
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