Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative
The Task Force has established the CABI Fund to provide a computer and technology training to all Appalachian Ohio households in need. The fund is administered by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. To donate or find out more, visit AppalachianOhio.org.
Download the most recent report- Bridging the Divide: Broadband and Businesses in Appalachian Ohio
The opportunity to grow jobs, skills, and lure new businesses depends on the availability and use of high-speed Internet service. Rural Appalachia Ohio faces a significant barrier to the opportunities that the Internet brings due to connectivity and adoption gaps.
Our 2011 report, Technology Barriers and Adoption in Rural Appalachian Ohio, reveals that 531,000 adults in rural Appalachia do not have home broadband and 124,000 report that service is either unavailable, or the speeds are insufficient in meeting their needs.
The Governor's Office in conjunction with Connect Ohio and Chesapeake Energy has established the Appalachia Broadband Task Force to immediately address the broadband gap in rural Appalachia. The Task Force is administered by Connect Ohio and is made up
of public, private, and nonprofit leaders.
Mission: The Connect Appalachia Broadband (CABI) Task Force intends to pull Appalachia Ohio to within state and national standards in broadband adoption by 2014 by identifying and coordinating resources required for facilitating affordable broadband access and driving adoption through digital literacy training.
The Task Force will improve access by utilizing the successful local-level efforts of Connect Ohio's last-mile technical assistance team by broadening projects to a regional level and Connect Ohio's Every Citizen Online free basic computer and Internet training program will aid in increasing adoption.
Want to learn more? View a fact sheet of the program.
Connect Ohio Executive Director Stu Johnson and Director of the Ohio Governor's Office of Appalachia Jason Wilson appeared on NBC 4, WCMH-TV Columbus' The Spectrum with Colleen Marshall Sunday, February 19, 2012. Watch the video below.