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Blog // Connect Ohio

Connect Ohio Statement Regarding Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Award

By Amanda Murphy

The City of Columbus, Ohio, has been announced as the awardee of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge and will receive $40 million toward the city’s plan to improve transportation technologies and local mobility. Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. committed an additional $10 million to the winning city, and local Columbus stakeholders have committed an additional $90 million toward making the city’s plan a reality. The City of Columbus residents, businesses, and patrons, are sharing in the excitement of this announcement. Below is a statement by Stu Johnson, Interim Executive Director for Connect Ohio and Vice President for...

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Broadband Helps Local Farmers

By Chris McGovern

It’s June, and that means the start of summer. Around here, that equals the end of classes, evenings on the lake, and the return of the summer farmers market.  Even though the county’s open air market feels like it’s a thousand miles from technology, local farmers are still benefiting from the ability to use broadband to grow, advertise, and sell their wares. The entire agricultural sector benefits from the access and usage of broadband service. In May, a Hudson Institute report noted that rural broadband services supported over $100 billion in e-commerce and nearly 70,000 jobs in 2015.  While that figure includes e-commerce from a...

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Broadband Trends in Ohio

By Lindsay Shanahan

Ohio has been a leader in fostering a vibrant broadband ecosystem in the state, according to the report, Ohio Broadband Trends, released today by Dr. John Hoag of Ohio University. However, significant and substantial gaps in broadband availability and adoption still persist in Ohio according to the report, which was sponsored by Connect Ohio. Ohio was one of the first states to formally create a state-based broadband leadership initiative. The report documents that states with these ongoing comprehensive broadband initiatives collectively lead the nation in broadband availability and adoption.  However, the report does document...

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New Report Highlights Benefits of Digital Infrastructure

By Lindsay Shanahan

Last week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a report: A Policymaker’s Guide to Digital Infrastructure. The report outlines the benefits and challenges of incorporating technology systems that collect and transmit digital information into the infrastructure that currently transports people, goods, and information. The ITIF notes that increasing digital infrastructure can help communities in a number of ways: ·      Expanding capacity for both new and existing infrastructure ·      Saving time through reduced congestion and simplified operations · ...

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