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Blog // Connect Ohio

A Grandson's Broadband Story

By Amanda Murphy

      Jarod Knight, a 7th grader living in Washington County, does not have access to Internet at his home.  More than 125,000 children living in the Appalachian region of Ohio are unable to use broadband to go online from their home to do homework or conduct research that will prepare them for college. Without home Internet access, Knight often has to spend the night at his grandmother's house in order to complete school assignments. The broadband adoption gap affects many individuals living in the region, with approximately 531,000 adults who do not subscribe.   Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative...

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JB-Nets Expands Broadband Coverage for Residents in Gallia County

By Lyndsey Kleven

There is great progress to be noted on JB-Net’s expansion plans highlighted by Connect Ohio in September 2011. The small, local Internet provider founded in Gallia County continues to expand service to reach even more homes and businesses in the community. JB-Nets owner Jake Kline presented a broadband expansion plan in 2011 with the goal of providing high-speed Internet coverage to 80% of the county within three years. The company recently contributed to The Digital River Project, which extends service in the heart of Gallipolis, and is providing free high-speed Internet to the downtown area. The goal was to provide service...

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Columbus Metropolitan Library Trains More Than 1,000 Central Ohioans on Computer Skills

By Lyndsey Kleven

    Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) is helping to spread digital literacy across central Ohio as a partner in Connect Ohio’s Every Citizen Online (ECO) program. The ECO program provides free computer and Internet training to help adults throughout the state learn these vital technology skills. CML currently holds the ECO training at nine of their 21 locations and more than 1,000 adults having already taken advantage of the beneficial resource. Scott Woods, an ECO instructor at CML’s South High Branch, has trained more than 30 students on the basic fundamentals of using a computer and the Internet. The demand for basic training...

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Connect Appalachia Broadband Task Force Discusses Future Broadband Coverage & Expansion

By Amanda Murphy

The Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative Task Force held its third meeting Thursday, March 15, in Athens, which was hosted by Ohio University and held in the Baker University Center. Representatives from Frontier Communications and Time Warner Cable overviewed their anticipated broadband coverage efforts for the Appalachia Ohio region to Task Force members. The information is especially useful in guiding the Task Force’s focus on bridging future unserved gaps. Frontier Communications’ 2012 expansion plans include 24 new broadband deployments, multiple metro Ethernet site launches, and the continued use of loop extender technology, which...

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