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Blog // Connect Ohio

FCC Releases Broadband and Health Interactive Mapping Tool

By Amanda Murphy

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force has launched a broadband and health interactive map. The new tool, titled Mapping Broadband Health in America, allows users to analyze broadband and health data visually, and at a national, state, and county level. The map is intended for use by both public and private sectors, and local communities, as a tool to drive discussion, to identify opportunities and gaps in connectivity and health care, and to assist broadband health policies and digital health solutions. Users have the ability to generate customized maps that display broadband access, adoption, and speeds along...

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FCC CAF Offer to Ohio Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers

By Tom Koutsky

In a public notice from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the final version of the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) was released. The FCC has offered 19 small, rural Ohio local telephone companies, including Horizon and TDS, $55 million in subsidies over 10 years to upgrade their broadband networks. This next phase of the Connect America Fund targets over 7,000 home and business locations in areas served by these rural companies that do not have 10 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload broadband service available today. The FCC’s offer would replace subsidies these companies receive to provide voice-grade service. The...

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FirstNet’s Band Class 14 Tested in Emergency Scenarios

By Amanda Murphy

Public safety professionals in Beavercreek Township, Ohio, recently conducted simulated emergency drills to test FirstNet’s new Band Class 14 network. The testing was part of a week-long training exercise and made possible by collaboration between Greene County and state of Ohio officials. Ten Band Class 14-ready XP7 smartphones were provided by Sonim Technologies, which offers a smartphone enabled with broadband on both the FirstNet Band Class 14-spectrum and on commercial mobile networks. Five emergency scenarios were acted out, including a hazmat spill, a missing person, and a missing police officer. The drills took place under extreme...

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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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