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Blog // Connect Ohio

Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development Offering Computer Training to Adults

By Amanda Murphy

The Corporation for Appalachian Development (COAD) is offering Connect Ohio's Every Citizen Online (ECO) free basic computer and Internet training for adults at various locations in Clermont, Coshocton, Fairfield, Lawrence, and Meigs counties.  “We are pleased to partner with Connect Ohio in bringing greater opportunities to people in our communities,” said Ronald Rees, executive director of COAD. “Too often, progress leaves people in rural areas behind and this initiative will assist them greatly in moving into the Internet age.” As an ECO partner organization, COAD received 48 new computers to equip several training location computer...

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Connect Ohio, Governor's Office of Appalachia Present at Community Development Conference

By Amanda Murphy

On November 7, 2012, Connect Ohio had the opportunity to present at the 2012 Community Development Conference at Salt Fork State Park Lodge and Conference Center in Cambridge. Stu Johnson, executive director for Connect Ohio, alongside Jason Wilson, director of the Governor's Office of Appalachia, gave attendees an update on the Connect Appalachia Broadband Task Force, which continues making great strides in helping Appalachian Ohio get connected. Johnson and Wilson also made an exciting announcement regarding the upcoming formation of the Task Force's fund, which will immediately begin spurring broadband access, adoption, and use...

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Connect Ohio Participates in US Senator Sherrod Brown Broadband Discussion

By Amanda Murphy

Tuesday, Connect Ohio took part in a rural broadband roundtable discussion led by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Horizon Telecom hosted the event at their offices in Chillicothe, Ohio. Area business owners and community representatives were in attendance, including broadband providers Smart Networks, CUE Band LLC, and Horizon Telecom, as well as the mayor of Chillicothe and Ross County Commissioners. Senator Brown shared an update on the Farm Bill and briefly discussed the importance of federal and local partnerships in order to assist communities in need of broadband expansion. Representatives from Horizon Telecom discussed the progress of...

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Video: Technology's Vital Role in Education

By Amanda Murphy

The use of technology to ensure a quality education for today's students is vital. Broadband is the key component to enabling the use of technology, though many students in Ohio cannot access the Internet once they leave the classroom. Only 32% of rural Ohio Internet users go online for education, a significantly lower percentage than the 42% of Ohio Internet users who go online for education in urban and suburban parts of the state. Nearly 1.3 million Ohioans in rural areas are missing out on the educational opportunities that Internet and broadband can provide. Former Ohio Senator Joy Padgett discusses the technological challenges rural...

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