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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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USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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