Published on: June 21, 2011

By Amanda Murphy Diana Pitzer lives on the edge of Brown County and commutes to work in Mason, which is a 1-hour drive each way. Diana is a claims adjustor for a large insurance company. She has been with the company for 15 years. In January 2010, the company approved Pitzer to work from home. “I leave very early to …

Omnicity Connects Columbiana County, Dedicates New Tower

Published on: June 7, 2011

By Amanda Murphy Columbiana County recently welcomed a new resident – one that is made of steel and stands 250-feet high. The new piece of infrastructure will allow more than 300 households and business in the area to receive high-speed Internet access. Omnicity, a fixed-wireless Internet service provider, along with the collaborative efforts of Knox Township and Columbiana County officials, …

Available Wi-Fi Keeps Meigs County Firefighters Trained and Working

Published on: January 12, 2011

By Amanda Murphy Many areas of Ohio are still in the midst of the digital divide – and emergency services personnel are no exception. A volunteer fire department in Bashan, Ohio felt the brunt of the divide when firefighters began losing their certification. “Three lost their fire certification because they had no Internet here and the certification had to be …

Ohio School District Makes Snow Days into Virtual Learning Days

Published on: January 10, 2011

By Amanda Murphy Making up school calamity days can often be a struggle for school districts. One Ohio school district is piloting an innovative program to ensure students continue their education from home while the district shortens their number of calamity days. Mississinawa Valley Local School District in Darke County has been granted a waiver from the Ohio Department of …