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Connected Nation Ohio Broadband Forum Recap

Kent, OH. (July 23, 2019) - Being able to access the internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity. That’s why Connected Nation Ohio spent much of last week traveling across the state of Ohio hosting Regional Broadband Forums in the cities of Kent, Findlay, and Troy, Ohio.

Connected Nation Community Technology Advisor Dan Manning facilitated each session and provided valuable tools and resources to help local leaders make improvements in their area.

Each forum lasted two hours and included discussion between community leaders, providers, and small-business owners on how to improve broadband access throughout the state.

“It’s been interesting to see the wide range of organizations, roles and disciplines represented by the attendees, demonstrating that the need for broadband spans all sectors and all facets of what we do in today’s society,” said Manning. “From local government to economic/community development groups and from healthcare providers to broadband providers, they’re all looking for ways to improve their connectivity and take better advantage of what broadband offers to their businesses, organizations and personal lives.”

We also heard from attendees on what some of their biggest issues are and how Connected Nation Ohio can help fix them. Some of the primary barriers discussed were lack of general public understanding, adoption, changing technology, planning, funding, and more.

At the end of each information session, Connected Nation Ohio provided general guidelines for pursuing broadband improvements within the Ohio communities. These guideline include: identifying barriers to broadband expansion, getting to know your broadband providers, understanding and documenting your underserved areas, and much more.

If you are interested in learning more or attending an information session, Connected Nation Ohio will be in Mt.Vernon, Jackson, Caldwell, and Loveland, Ohio, this week from July 23 – 30. You can register by clicking the links for each city above.