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Blog // Connect Ohio

UPDATED: AT&T to Offer Discounted Internet Service for Low-Income Consumers, Pending DIRECTV Merger

By Lindsay Shanahan

See 7/22/15 Update below! On July 2, AT&T  offered  to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a new “affordable, lower-priced, standalone broadband service to low-income consumers in AT&T’s footprint” if the company’s proposed merger with DIRECTV is approved by the FCC.  The request to create the program was made by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who has long championed and promoted broadband adoption initiatives. As proposed, for the next four years, AT&T will offer discounted broadband service to qualifying low-income consumers that do not currently subscribe to AT&T DSL service or are not...

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Columbus Recognized Among Global Technology Leaders

By Lindsay Shanahan

Go big or go home certainly applied this week as representatives from the city of Columbus, Connect Ohio, Connected Nation, and Ohio State University, attended the 2015 Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Summit in Toronto, Canada. Connect Ohio compiled extensive mapping, data and research on Columbus Broadband access, adoption and use to support Columbus’ application for the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year Award.  Connect Ohio’s contribution served as a foundation for the ICF evaluation. The ICF Summit is an international gathering of mayors, chief administrative officers, chief information officers, and economic development...

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Kelly’s Camping Trip: A Connect Ohio Technical Assistance Blog

By Kelly Carroll

Recently, I traveled to Carroll County, Ohio, with fellow Connect Ohio staff members, Bart Winegar and Brad Ingles, to assist camps in the area with Internet coverage. Camp Muskingum in Carroll County offers beautiful trees, a picturesque façade, and a shimmering lake . . . but no Internet service and often very little cell service.  To some this probably sounds like a vacation and the opportunity to disconnect for a few days; for others, this unwanted luxury is a daily reality and challenge.  It wasn’t until I reached the campgrounds that I learned how difficult these aspects of Mother Nature can make broadband expansion projects...

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Demand Aggregation in Action: A Connect Ohio Technology Update Blog

By Brad Ingles

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to spend the day with Bart Winegar, Senior Manager for Technical Assistance at Connect Ohio, and explore the issue of demand aggregation in an unserved area of Zanesville, Ohio. Driving through the winding roads it was easy to see that terrain was not on our side when trying to establish broadband connections in this area, a region that one resident called “the Internet dead zone.” Since Bart’s last blog, a resident who had reached out to Connect Ohio has built a communications tower near the side of his house. This tower was equipped with special radios from a local Wireless Internet Service Provider (...

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