Survey Link: https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/
Columbus, OH (September 4, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) recently began a new phase in its mapping, technical assistance, and analysis work across the state. Part of that effort includes gathering data from residents and businesses about their access and use of broadband (high-speed internet).
“Ohio leaders have taken important steps to connect more communities. They understand having access can both improve the quality of life for families and increase the economic growth of businesses,” said Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO, Connected Nation. “Right now, there’s a gap in the current data on broadband. It’s either out-of-date or does not accurately reflect who has access to affordable internet or access to internet speeds needed for today’s technology. Residents and businesses can help us identify those gaps by taking part in our statewide survey.”
CN Ohio will map current broadband coverage, provide technical assistance, and present analyses with a new site of maps that will be available in late 2019. The nonprofit’s researchers will be collecting data through online surveys over the next three months. To take part, go to myconnectedcommunity.org and choose your location, then follow the prompts. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.
“We are laser-focused on closing the Digital Divide in the Buckeye state. Part of that means we must identify where families, businesses, agricultural sectors, and whole communities are being left unserved or underserved,” said Dan Manning, Community Technology Advisor, CN Ohio. “We have started mapping efforts on-the-ground and have already hosted nearly a dozen Ohio Regional Broadband Forums in late July and early August to gather information from local leaders and key stakeholders. We now need input from Ohio residents and businesses to help develop better data and a viable plan for improving the access, adoption, and use of broadband across the state.”
It’s estimated that about 2.4 million Ohio households have either no high-speed internet service or have only one choice. Rural areas are hit the hardest. Only 86% of rural Ohioans have access to broadband speeds defined by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. These are minimum requirements and are good for a single user or multiple users with light use. It also allows for some video streaming.
Reaching full broadband coverage in Ohio would generate an estimated $1 billion to $2 billion, conservatively, and up to $6.6 billion in economic benefits over the next 15 years. In addition, the telehealth cost savings annually per facility are $27,209.
Businesses and residents can provide their input at connectednation.org/Ohio where a link is provided on the home page or head to www.myconnectedcommunity.org. Simply click the link, choose your location and then follow the prompts. The surveys will close on Wednesday, November 20.
Residents can also provide general and additional feedback about access in their area until February 2020 at the following link: https://connectednation.org/ohio/feedback.
Jessica Denson, Director of Communications
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Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) is the local subsidiary of the national non-profit, Connected Nation. Our mission is to improve lives by providing innovation solutions that expand access, adoption, and use of high-speed internet and its related technology to all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.
Connected Nation works with consumers, local community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. For more information, please visit:
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