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Blog // Connect Ohio

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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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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