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Blog // Connect Ohio

How this Broadband Bill Could Impact Health Care, Education, Your Job

By Jessica Denson

Nearly a dozen representatives from Ohio universities and economic groups voiced their support for House Bill 378 through written and oral testimony submitted to the Ohio House Finance Committee. Among those sharing the reasons this bill matters, Connect Ohio’s Executive Director Stuart Johnson (pictured right). “Broadband is a vital lifeline to participate in society and an infrastructure that is quickly becoming just as critical as our roads, bridges, water and electricity,” Johnson told committee members during his Dec. 12 testimony. “Yet, 300,000 households in rural Ohio have no broadband access.” House Bill 378 is a bipartisan effort,...

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Live Radio with Call-Ins: Underserved Rural Americans

By Rachel O'Morrow

On Thursday June 22, Connect Ohio’s Stu Johnson arrived through the back doors of Idea Stream, WCPN’s NPR news station for The Sound of Ideas public affairs show. Johnson was escorted back to the green room to wait until the show was ready to air. He pulled out his notes, charts, and graphs to prepare for the live show and be ready to answer listener call-in questions. Once in the studio the host adjusted his microphone and headset, and then the show went live. Johnson began to discuss the importance of accurate data for rural broadband expansion and overall online equality for rural residents. He explained the small gaps of land that don’t...

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Businesses, Families, Schools to Benefit From Wyandot County Technology Action Plan

By Jessica Denson

From employers who want more tech-savvy workers to students who need online access to complete their homework, Wyandot County is a community in need of better broadband (high-speed internet) access. Connected Nation (CN), through its Connected Community Engagement Program (Connectedsm), and in partnership with local groups, has come up with a set of solutions that can help bring that access to more families and businesses. “Our world depends on technology, and agricultural, and rural communities are no less important. They depend on reliable data transmission, and I believe the Wyandot County has taken a step forward in identifying and...

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TECH WEEK: Ohio’s Shot at Being the Next Tech Hotbed

By Jessica Denson

It’s #techweek in America and the spotlight is not shining as brightly on Silicon Valley. Instead it’s places like Indianapolis, Nashville, and Cincinnati that are getting a lot of recent attention. That’s because they’re some of the nation’s fastest growing markets for tech jobs, according to an article in Money magazine which cited ZipRecruiter.com’s latest stats on jobs. Taking a closer look, you’ll see that Ohio is a stand-out with three cities in the top 20: Cincinnati (11), Cleveland (12), and Columbus (14). According to the publication BizWomen, the high cost of living and doing business in Silicon Valley tech communities was cited as...

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