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Blog // Connect Ohio

Connect Ohio Releases Updated Broadband Availability Estimates

By Ashley Littell

Ashley Littell is Manager of GIS Services for Connect Ohio's parent organization, Connected Nation Connect Ohio has released broadband availability estimates at the statewide and county levels using the most recently published 2010 Census household data. These availability estimates reveal that 2% of Ohio households do not have access to basic broadband service of at least 768 Kbps downstream and 200 Kbps upstream. In addition, the data show that 2.9% of Ohio households do not have access to higher speeds of at least 3 Mbps downstream and 768 Kbps upstream. Broadband data gathered and submitted to the National Telecommunications and...

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Patience of ECO Instructors Vital to Helping Seniors Get Connected

By Lyndsey Kleven

For those who have never operated a computer before or are unfamiliar with the Internet, signing up to learn computer skills can be overwhelming. With the wealth of information that is available, learning this new skill can be both exciting and intimidating to a first-time computer user. Connect Ohio’s Every Citizen Online (ECO) free basic computer training is a beneficial resource to new adult computer users. In fact, more than 16,000 adults have already taken advantage of the training at 250 training facilities all across Ohio. Larry Parks recently participated in the training through the Rossford Public Library in Wood County. Parks is 65...

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Connect America Fund FAQ's Answered

By Phillip Brown

In the short time since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted an order that begins reforming the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) by creating the Connect America Fund and phasing out the existing High-Cost Fund, Connected Nation has noticed a big increase in the interest among Connected Nation stakeholders in the broadband mapping process and how Connected Nation’s broadband data (which is submitted for use in the National Broadband Map) might be a factor in USF broadband deployment funding. To be sure, the National Broadband Map’s underlying data (and the data submissions Connected Nation provides for that)...

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Three Ohio Cities Received More than 760 Wireless Broadband Improvements from AT&T

By Lyndsey Kleven

In the past year, three Ohio cities have had improvements to their AT&T wireless broadband infrastructure.  Major improvements in the backhaul connections were made.   During 2011, AT&T made more than 300 wireless upgrades in Cleveland, 200 in Columbus, and 260 upgrades in the Cincinnati area. Some of the enhancements include:    ·         Deploying enhanced backhaul connections to multiple cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these backhaul deployments enable 4G speeds. ·         Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency...

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