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Blog // Connect Ohio

Broadband Expansion and Connect Ohio Programs Help to Save Jobs in Eastern Ohio Community

By Amanda Murphy

When Gallia County Jobs and Family Services (JFS) was notified 108 local jobs were in jeopardy with the closing of a Gallipolis telemarketing facility, director Dana Glassburn and supervisor Beth Moore began looking for options. An Ohio-based company was closing its Gallipolis facility, but offered eligible workers the opportunity to continue their employment by commuting to the company’s Huntington, West Virginia facility. “Depending on where you live in the county, the commute to Huntington can range from 30 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes one-way,” said Glassburn. Of the 108 employees, 88 held positions for which the company would...

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RAA Services Partners with Columbiana County Airport to Expand Broadband

By Lyndsey Kleven

RAA Services currently services more than 650 homes and businesses in Eastern Ohio and is in the process of completing expansion of high-speed Internet access to many locations unserved or underserved by high-speed Internet access. The Columbiana County Airport allowed RAA Services to install equipment on its light tower - the highest point in that area- in exchange for free high-speed Internet access at the airport. The deal was a win-win for everyone as the airport was previously unserved by high-speed and RAA Service was able to expand high-speed Internet access to area residents, all of which were previously unserved. “The airport...

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Ohio Broadband Landscape 2013

By Lyndsey Kleven

  Ohio’s Broadband Landscape 2013     In Connect Ohio’s efforts to increase Internet access, adoption, and use, our research and efforts have been developed into a report on Ohio’s Broadband Landscape for 2013. Approximately 6.3 million adults in Ohio subscribe to home broadband service. This mean 71% of Ohio adults have a home broadband subscription, an increase of five percentage points from 2011 and above the national average of 66%. Connect Ohio’s broadband mapping has validated coverage for 102 broadband providers, indicating that 97.6% of Ohio households have access to at least 3 Mbps download speed. ·  ...

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Ohio's Digital Divide: Washington County Broadband Expansion

By Amanda Murphy

Having access to high-speed Internet service is not only a convenience but also a necessity for many. However, there are thousands of Ohioans in which having high-speed Internet availability is a luxury. Currently, 112,974 homes and businesses in Ohio do not have access to state and national standards of reliable, high speed Internet service. Nearly 65,000 of these are completely unserved, meaning no Internet service is provided to their address. For one rural Ohio county, residents, business owners, first responders, and county officials have witnessed how a lack of Internet access can affect various aspects of a community. Washington...

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