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Blog // Connect Ohio

Frontier Brings Broadband Options to Rural Ohio

By Lyndsey Kleven

Written by: Zach Gerhardt, Public Relations Intern Frontier Communications is helping to bring broadband to a difficult-to-reach area of Ohio. The company recently expanded Internet access to previously unserved areas in Lynchburg and Clarksville. This will positively impact participants in Connect Ohio’s Digital Works program living in the areas, allowing even more residents to have the opportunity to telework from home.  The Digital Works program helps participants become customer service agents for specific companies with the benefit of working from home if the proper technical requirements are met. Internet is a must-have for...

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Connect Ohio’s New Broadband Availability Figures Show Significant Increases

By Lyndsey Kleven

New research released today by Connect Ohio shows that 86.73% of Ohio households have access to fixed broadband at 25 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload speeds across the state, a 25 percentage point increase compared to two and a half years ago. Connect Ohio is a subsidiary of Connected Nation which does mapping research and policy in 10 states comprising over 36% of nation’s landmass. Ohio’s availability of 86.73% availability at 25 Mbps compares to the national average of other Connected Nation states at 78.6% availability. Ohio broadband availability at 768 Kbps download/200 Kbps uploadis now at 98.79%, not including mobile wireless service....

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New Era Broadband Continues to Expand Access in Meigs County

By Lyndsey Kleven

Many areas of Ohio are still in the midst of the Digital Divide as known all too well by many Meigs County residents. One local last mile broadband provider working to relinquish the digital divide in the local community is New Era Broadband. Connect Ohio has been working with New Era Broadband over the past three years to assist in fostering broadband expansion in Meigs County. “If New Era Broadband wasn’t available in my area, I would be out of a job or commuting over a day in drive time only,” said Adam Roush, Meigs County resident. “I’m very happy that it has been made possible for people who live outside of a bigger city to be able to...

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Meigs County Resident Job Saved from New Era Broadband

By COH Staff

Written by: Max King, Policy Intern Adam Roush of Meigs County found himself among the 47% of Ohioans (per Connect Ohio research) in Rural Appalachia without reliable broadband access in 2012. When Roush’s office in Athens, Ohio closed, he had the option of either making the two-hour commute to his new headquarters office in Columbus or losing his job. If he had broadband service, Roush could work from home, keeping his job and avoiding a long commute to Columbus. In August 2012, Roush signed up with New Era Broadband Services. Desperate for Internet access, Roush removed trees on his property that limited his broadband accessibility in...

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