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Blog // Connect Ohio

Comcast launches discounted Internet service program for low-income families

By COH Staff

Ohio families with students enrolled in the free lunch program may be eligible to receive high-speed Internet services at a significant discount. Comcast, an Internet provider, is hosting an initiative called Internet Essentials in which households with at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program can receive high-speed Internet services at just $9.95 per month. The home Internet service includes download speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 384 Kbps.The program is applicable to those living in areas serviced by Comcast, which is a large portion of Ohio. Those eligible for the...

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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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