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Blog // Connect Ohio

New Era Broadband Celebrates Midway Progress of Broadband Expansion

By Lyndsey Kleven

A ribbon-cutting event on January 22 marked the midway point of New Era Broadband’s high-speed expansion project to the many unserved and underserved homes and businesses in Meigs County. Local dignitaries, representatives from New Era Broadband, and Connect Ohio representatives were in attendance to celebrate the completion of 13 towers that can deploy broadband to 1,500 residences and businesses.    “New Era Broadband strives to offer another Internet option to rural customers across Meigs County, and now into Athens County,” said Wendy Hannum, customer service manager for New Era Broadband. “From a personal perspective, New Era...

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Rowe Networks Builds Additional Broadband Network to Increase Public Safety

By Lyndsey Kleven

When Rowe Networks was approached by Jay Jackson, councilman for parks and recreation for the village of Byesville, about increasing park safety, dated technology and lack of broadband access were inhibiting factors. The park previously had a single camera for security that was no longer operational and did not allow for the remote viewing Jackson was looking for. In order for the park to be viewed remotely at all times, Internet access needed to be available for the camera system.  “Rowe Networks wanted to donate the labor for building a network for the park and the monthly service fee, as a way to give back to the community and allow...

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Broadband Expansion and Connect Ohio Programs Help to Save Jobs in Eastern Ohio Community

By Amanda Murphy

When Gallia County Jobs and Family Services (JFS) was notified 108 local jobs were in jeopardy with the closing of a Gallipolis telemarketing facility, director Dana Glassburn and supervisor Beth Moore began looking for options. An Ohio-based company was closing its Gallipolis facility, but offered eligible workers the opportunity to continue their employment by commuting to the company’s Huntington, West Virginia facility. “Depending on where you live in the county, the commute to Huntington can range from 30 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes one-way,” said Glassburn. Of the 108 employees, 88 held positions for which the company would...

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RAA Services Partners with Columbiana County Airport to Expand Broadband

By Lyndsey Kleven

RAA Services currently services more than 650 homes and businesses in Eastern Ohio and is in the process of completing expansion of high-speed Internet access to many locations unserved or underserved by high-speed Internet access. The Columbiana County Airport allowed RAA Services to install equipment on its light tower - the highest point in that area- in exchange for free high-speed Internet access at the airport. The deal was a win-win for everyone as the airport was previously unserved by high-speed and RAA Service was able to expand high-speed Internet access to area residents, all of which were previously unserved. “The airport...

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