Study of Rural Broadband Access Begins

Published on: March 2, 2020

The following was published in the Star Beacon on February 25, 2020 by Jon Wysochanski  Efforts are underway to map availability of broadband across the state with the ultimate goal of expanding access to rural and underserved areas. Connected Nation, a rural internet advocacy firm, received a contract for just under $1 million to gather data and map the outlook …

Rural Ohio Struggles with Access to Mental Health Services

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The following story published by the Columbus Dispatch on March 2, 2020 by Megan Henry  When it comes to rural parts of Ohio, stigma and access to behavioral health services are two barriers parents are forced to navigate when trying to help their child. There is only one child psychiatrist in southeast Ohio, in Athens County, and two in south …

Increasing Rural Access to Broadband in Ohio

Published on: January 28, 2019

First published by Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net on March 8, 2018 —- While the majority of Ohioans have access to fast, reliable broadband internet service in their homes, some 1 million others do not, said an analyst with the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University. “This unserved population largely lives in …

Every Citizen Online

Published on: April 25, 2018

Connect Ohio implemented a statewide broadband training program in 2010 and continued through July 2013. The program, Every Citizen Online, provided free computer instructor-based training at public libraries, community colleges, community organizations, and educational centers throughout Ohio to teach new users how to access the Internet and how to best utilize all the Internet has to offer. Self-paced training continues …

OPINION: Ohio Families, Business Will Benefit From History-Making Legislation

Published on: April 13, 2018

If you believe that education, healthcare, economic development, agriculture, and public safety are important in Ohio then you are as excited as I am about House Bill 378 passing the Ohio House of Representatives by a vote of 85-11 on April 11, 2018.  All of those aspects of our lives are touched by our access to high-speed internet (broadband). But, …

Study: Ohio Statewide Broadband Office, Investment Fund Could Help Boost Rural Access

Published on: May 16, 2017

May 15, 2017 Government Technology | by Theo Douglas A recent study by Ohio State University (OSU) researchers found broadband access severely lacking in the state’s rural areas, a deficit they reported could yield significant economic growth if corrected — but if resolved could also lead to other, unintended consequences. Connecting the Dots of Ohio’s Broadband Policy found that 76 …

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, …

Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative

Published on: April 25, 2011

Formed in late 2011, the Governor’s Office of Appalachia in conjunction with Connect Ohio and Chesapeake Energy established the two-year Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative (CABI), to address the broadband divide facing rural Appalachian Ohio. The Task Force was administered by Connect Ohio and is made up of public, private, and nonprofit leaders. View a full list of the CABI Committee …