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Statement about Connected Nation Ohio
Since 2008, Connected Nation Ohio’s mission has always been to help bring internet access, adoption, and use to all Ohioans. Revealing a gap in coverage that could impact public safety, giving local residents and state officials a realistic view of the broadband landscape, and providing the programs and oversight that a study from The Ohio State University (OSU) says are desperately needed in the Buckeye State are just some of the ways in which we’ve accomplished this mission.
The OSU study entitled Connecting the Dots of Ohio’s Broadband Policy examined the Digital Divide in the state of Ohio and found that more than one million people still do not have adequate access, and, if they did, it would mean as much as a $2 billion impact, conservatively, for Ohio’s families and businesses.
The Ohio State study cited Connected Nation Ohio (previously named Connect Ohio) as a neutral third party that can provide solutions and “coordinate various cross-sector stakeholders” while providing a “vital resource by collecting Ohio’s broadband data, analyzing it, and making it accessible to state policymakers.” It also identified our digital literacy and job training program, Digital Works, as providing another service needed in the state.
In alignment with this research, Connected Nation Ohio’s work includes:
• Completing an in-depth mapping update of Ohio’s broadband landscape.
• Assisting Ohio lawmakers in interpreting federal policy, trends, and opportunities and helping to guide Ohio policy.
• Facilitating Connected Community Engagement Programs to assist with broadband planning.
• Convening broadband stakeholders, community anchor institutions, providers, local agencies, legislators, and businesses to analyze, plan, and implement enhanced and new broadband deployment throughout Ohio.
• Collaborating with libraries, schools, non-profits, and community action organizations to form a network of over 400 locations to deliver Every Citizen Online a free 6-hour basic computer and internet training program to over 43,000 Ohioans.
• Providing digital skills, job readiness training, placement assistance, and ongoing mentorship and creating over 870 careers for graduates of our Digital Works program.
Tina Lyden, State Program Director
Tina is the State Program Director for Connected Nation Ohio. She is a technology executive who has spent more than three decades providing vision, leadership, and governance for a wide array of technology endeavors in industry sectors including education, insurance, government, financial services, energy, healthcare, and manufacturing, to name a few. She has made Ohio safer for all Buckeyes by conducting outreach and speaking on behalf of the Department of Administrative Services to share information with future users and first responders in various market sectors about the National Public Safety Broadband Network called FirstNet.
Tina is the Board Chair for Per Scholas Columbus and sits on the National Per Scholas Board. In addition, she serves on Tiffin University’s Center for Cyber Defense and Forensics, Franklin University’s Center for Public Safety and Cybersecurity Education, the Cleveland Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange Leadership Board, and is a volunteer on the Governance and Education/Workforce Development sub-committee for the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee.
Tammy Spring, Operations Manager, Digital Works
Dan Manning, Community Technology Advisor
Dan Manning serves as Community Technology Advisor for Connected Nation Ohio. Dan coordinates and manages the activities of regional planning teams across the state. Dan provides “train-the-trainer” activities to the regional planning teams on the broadband landscape to spur digital literacy activities in each region. In addition, with assistance from Connected Nation’s communications staff and the volunteers of the regional planning teams, he works to increase regional and local awareness of the planning teams, the planning process, the benefits of increased broadband adoption, and Connect Ohio through the media and local organizations. Dan holds a bachelor of science in mathematics from Western Michigan University.
Tom Stephenson, Community Technology Advisor
Tom Stephenson serves as Community Technology Advisor for Connected Nation Ohio. Tom coordinates and manages the activities of regional planning teams across the state. Tom provides “train-the-trainer” activities to the regional planning teams on the broadband landscape to spur digital literacy activities in each region. In addition, with assistance from Connected Nation’s communications staff and the volunteers of the regional planning teams, he works to increase regional and local awareness of the planning teams, the planning process, the benefits of increased broadband adoption, and Connect Ohio through the media and local organizations. Tom holds a bachelor of science and a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University.