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Blog // Connect Ohio

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’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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Roundtable Discussion: Why All Ohioans Deserve Broadband Access

By Connected Nation

In early June four men sat around a table in a soundproof room. With their headsets on and cables to each of their microphones covering the table, they were ready to talk about broadband and why it’s so important for Ohioans to be connected. Each man tested his mic with a “check one, two, three” and then the show’s intro music began. Sitting at the table were Stu Johnson, Director of Connect Ohio and, directly across from him, Town Hall Ohio radio show host Joe Cornely. To the left of Johnson sat Ohio State University Ph.D. candidate Mark Rembert and Ohio Farm Bureau’s Senior Director for policy outreach, Brandon Kern. As sound waves jumped...

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