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Blog // Connect Ohio

Two Connect Ohio Employees Support Local United Way Through Music

By COH Staff

  Photo by Coshocton Tribune For the second year, the musical duo Point Blank Range, comprised of Connect Ohio’s Bart Winegar and Brad Fuller, provided the entertainment for Coshocton’s United Way kick-off event,Taste of Coshocton County, Thursday evening.The event draws a crowd of 500 anticipating delicious food tastings from local restaurants and caterers while raising money for local charities. Attendees receive 10 tastes for $10, and then vote on their favorite food establishment involved in the event. Winegar and Fuller shared their musical talents with attendees, offering an eclectic mix of pop, classic rock,...

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Crystal Broadband Project to Connect Village Residents in Monroe County

By COH Staff

Earlier this week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced more than $100 million in Community Connect grant funds were being awarded for 23 broadband projects throughout the country. The Community Connect program provides funding for broadband access to residents in remote areas and low-income communities. Crystal Broadband Networks, Inc., a broadband provider based in Chicago, was awarded $570, 800 of the $100 million for a project in rural Stafford, Ohio.  Stafford is a village located in Monroe County with a population of less than 100 people, according to 2010 census information. ...

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Rural Ohio broadband project gets $570k

By COH Staff

Crystal Broadband Networks, Inc. today received a $570,800 grant from the US Department of Agriculture for a broadband project in Stafford Village. The grant is part of the Community Connect program, which provides grants to rural, economically challenged communities. More than $100 million in Community Connect funding was announced today."Without broadband, rural communities, agricultural producers, and business owners face a substantial challenge," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a news release. "These loans and grants will bring the benefits of broadband, including new educational, business, and public health and safety...

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Connect Ohio Shares Broadband Insight with Congressman Latta's Staff

By COH Staff

Connect Ohio staff had the opportunity to discuss broadband in Ohio with Bethany Peck, senior legislative assistant for Congressman Robert Latta (5th District, Ohio), Tuesday. Congressman Latta is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Peck handles telecommunication policy for Congressman Latta and came to Connect Ohio exploring first-hand perspectives on broadband availability throughout the state, existing barriers to expansion, and what the National Broadband Plan can mean for Ohio and beyond.Connect Ohio Technical Outreach Manager Bart Winegar gave Peck an overview of Connect Ohio’s...

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