Fair access to education, healthcare, quality employment and economic growth depends on reliable technology and the ability to access information online. Overall Ohio is ranked 37th in the nation for connectivity. Our least connected region – the 32 Appalachian counties in the southeast portion of the state – is home to 80% of unserved households, further widening regional inequities and economic disparities. We must leverage state and federal broadband expenditures that subsidize high-cost, last-mile deployments and enable low income households to participate in the internet age.
The FCC’s existing broadband maps are not accurate. Many locations listed as having high-speed internet actually have little or no coverage. We have developed maps for the Appalachian and adjoining counties in Ohio that are significantly more accurate.
How does your county measure up? Our county-by-county profiles illustrate broadband availability, performance, and potential in terms of households, square miles, middle-mile fiber, and RDOF subsidy awards.
The FCC’s $170 million award to 11 providers to serve 191,000 Ohio households is a good start, but it is unlikely to solve the problem. Issues with accounting, accountability, and transparency could leave up to 30% of awarded territory unserved.