VIDEO: Navigating and Applying for Funding Earmarked for Rural Broadband Expansion 

Athens, OH (February 25, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking applications for the second round of funding for rural broadband expansion through its $550 million ReConnect Program. Ohio University and Connected Nation Ohio hosted a webinar yesterday to help you understand how this program can help connect more residents, businesses, and communities in your area. It features a …

State Representative Calls Broadband Access the “Number One Issue among all Constituents”

Circleville, OH. (February 24, 2020) – State Representative Gary Scherer (R-Dist. 92) recently hosted a public meeting in Circleville to discuss broadband coverage in his district. “I was at one of the earlier Connected Nation Ohio Broadband Forums. I knew that we needed to get this to the 92nd house district,” Rep. Scherer said. “Broadband access is a number one …

USDA Officials Explain Federal Funding for Rural Broadband, Will Answer Questions from Public, Local Organizations

Athens, OH (February 20, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding for rural broadband expansion.  That window closes March 16. Ohio University and Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) are working in partnership to help communities understand how to leverage this program to connect more …

Regional Broadband Forums: Improving Internet Access in Ohio

Public Asked to Provide Input on Broadband Maps Jackson OH (February 3, 2020) – Connected Nation Ohio’s (CN Ohio) staff hosted seven broadband forums across the state to review recently updated broadband coverage maps. CN Ohio is looking for feedback on the maps, broadband availability issues, FCC mapping data, survey results, and much more. If you did not get to attend one …

Ohio Representative to Hold Public Meeting on Rural Broadband Access

The following press release was issued by Rep. Scherer’s office on January 27, 2020  State Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) has announced that he will be hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, February 18, in collaboration with Connected Nation Ohio, to discuss updated broadband coverage maps for Ohio and to hear from constituents about current issues with broadband access. As a …

Connected Nation Ohio Names State Program Director

Public Asked to Provide Input on Broadband Maps, Attend Local Technology Planning Forums Columbus, OH (January 16, 2020) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) recently named Tina Lyden as its State Program Director. As part of her work to identify innovative solutions to connect all families and communities in Ohio to broadband (high-speed internet), Lyden will help guide a series …

Connected Nation Ohio Releases Updated Broadband Availability Maps, Asks for Consumer Input

Columbus, OH (December 19, 2019) – Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) today published updated broadband (high-speed internet) coverage maps and preliminary availability statistics for the Buckeye State. You can see and review these updated maps by heading to www.connectednation.org/ohio/mapping-analysis/. “Having accurate broadband coverage maps is critically important as Ohio’s leaders implement a statewide broadband strategy through InnovateOhio. They need better …

Don’t Let Your Community Be Left Out: Surveys on Broadband Access in Ohio Close This Week

Columbus, OH (November 18, 2019) – There are only a couple of days left to provide input about your community’s high-speed internet (broadband) access. Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) is using online surveys to gather input from communities about their broadband access. The information gathered will be used to better identify ways to improve access for all Ohioans. Make sure …

Ohio Company Gets $2.5M for Fiber Infrastructure

The following was published in the Herald-Dispatch on November 14, 2019  RIO GRANDE, Ohio — Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative has received a $2.5 million grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative for the installation of 168 miles of fiber project that will connect the co-op’s substations in six counties of the …