Ohioans Ordered to Stay Home, Because Coronavirus; Without Internet, Just Because

Approximately 710,000 Ohio households don’t have any Internet service at home, leaving them unable to connect to work, school, health care or shopping during the coronavirus pandemic. The following was published in Governing on April 16, 2020 by Cornelius Frolik (TNS) — An estimated one in six households in the region do not have internet service during a global pandemic …

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 …

Rep. Scherer and Connected Nation Ohio Host Public Meeting on Rural Broadband, Improving Broadband Maps

Circleville, OH (February 11, 2020) –State Rep. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, February 18, to discuss updated broadband coverage maps for Ohio and to hear from constituents about current issues with internet access. Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio), a local subsidiary of the national nonprofit Connected Nation, will provide an overview of the current broadband …

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 …

Preliminary Ohio Broadband Maps Released – Help Improve Them!

Louisville, KY. (January 15, 2020) – In mid-December, Connected Nation Ohio (CN Ohio) published preliminary broadband availability maps as part of a project to identify areas served and unserved by high-speed internet access. They are the first state-level broadband maps developed since 2017. While federal broadband datasets exist, they are heavily flawed, and there is evidence of both overstatement and understatement of broadband …

Serving the Last Mile: Officials in Two Ohio Counties Looking for Broadband Vendors

Vinton and Meigs Counties, OH (December 20, 2019) – Local leaders in two Ohio counties are building on work begun nearly three years ago to connect underserved and poorly served families, businesses, and communities. They are now looking for vendors to construct telecommunications towers across the region. Vinton and Meigs Counties sit in the southeast region of the Buckeye State—a …