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Connect Ohio Accepting Applications to Award 5 Communities Detailed Technology Assessment and Broadband Plan

By Amanda Murphy

Access the application Connect Ohio is accepting applications from Ohio communities interested in taking part in the Connected Community Engagement Program (Connected) to receive a comprehensive technology assessment and innovative project plan to enhance its technology standing in today’s digital economy. As many as five communities may be selected for the Connected program. The awards are part of Connect Ohio’s renewed funding from the state of Ohio to continue advancing broadband access, adoption, and use for all Ohioans. Information gathered through the Connected program provides communities a unique analysis and view of the local...

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Intelliwave Announces First Gigabit Fiber-To-The-Home in Central Ohio

By Amanda Murphy

Intelliwave Broadband has announced the construction of a new Gigabit Fiber Optic broadband network in two rural areas  south of Columbus. According to the company’s press release, gigabit fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) is available to homes and businesses in Amanda and Commercial Point, Ohio. The network is expected to extend to more than 1,000 doorsteps by the end of 2016 and thousands more in 2017. “These investments mark Intelliwave’s continued passion for serving the underserved communities of rural Ohio,” said Chris Cooper, Intelliwave CEO. “The leadership in both Amanda and Commercial Point welcomed us heartily and consumer demand for...

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Census Shows Home Broadband Adoption Improving in the U.S., Despite Persistent Gaps

By Chris McGovern

The United States Census Bureau recently released data from its 2015 American Community Survey (ACS) showing that home Internet access and broadband adoption are climbing in the United States, albeit slowly. Overall, the ACS data shows that 77% of Americans have some sort of broadband service at home. That includes 6% of Americans who subscribe only to mobile service at home. Not all Americans are subscribing at the same rate, and this new data shows that some of the gaps appear to be shrinking at a glacial pace. Fewer than one-half (49%) of Americans living in households with annual incomes below $20,000 have home broadband service,...

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Join Connect Ohio at SmartGig Ohio 2016 in October

By Lisa McCuiston

SmartGig Ohio 2016 is an event that creates a technical platform with the intent purpose of turning ideas into services to improve the quality of life for Ohioans. Multiple civic leaders including state, city, municipal, and regional government from various sectors, such as education, housing, and transportation, will benefit from this information exchange through the collaborative effort of SmartGIG Cities.  During 2016, SmartGig Cities is hosting five conferences in the U.S. and Columbus, Ohio, is the next destination, scheduled for October 11 and 12 at The Ohio State University’s Fawcett Center.  Connect Ohio is proud to be a...

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