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Blog // Connect Ohio

Going Social on Small Business Saturday

By Eric Frederick

Since 2010, local businesses have urged customers to “shop small” on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and the event continues to grow, thanks in large part to an active annual social media campaign. American Express launched Small Business Saturday in 2010 with a viral multi-media campaign highlighting rare finds at small stores. In 2011, the U.S. government officially supported Small Business Saturday and it is now the largest shopping holiday in support of small business. Every year the movement grows and an increasing number of businesses utilize the buzz online to reach out to new and existing customers. On Small Business Saturday, during...

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FCC Using Form 477 Data to Close the Mobile Broadband Gap in Rural America

By Matt Diaz

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced improved analysis of coverage data that will help the FCC realize its ambitious goal of universal broadband and advanced mobile coverage across the United States. In order to achieve this goal, the FCC created the Mobility Fund as a part of the Connect America Fund. The Mobility Fund is a universal service support mechanism dedicated exclusively to mobile service. However, in order for the Mobility Fund to improve coverage in underserved wireless mobile service areas, the FCC needs detailed coverage data. Largely due to access to more reliable data from provider-filed Forms...

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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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