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Blog // Connect Ohio

2012 Appalachian Broadband Review, Sponsored by Connect Ohio & Ohio University

By Amanda Murphy

Connect Ohio had the privilege of co-sponsoring the 2012 Appalachian Broadband Review with Ohio University Friday, April 27. The event took place on Ohio University campus from 9 AM to 12:45 PM with many students and broadband professionals in attendance. Attendees received an overview of the state of broadband access, adoption, and use from Connect Ohio Technical Outreach Coordinator Benj Foor, as well as industry insights from representatives from ATT Wireless, Frontier Communications, Horizon Telecom, Intelliwave, OARNet, and other industry professionals.   Kingsley Meyer, CIO of Rio Grande University and Connect Ohio...

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ECO Showcases Importance of Broadband/Web Presence for one Gallia County Company

By Lyndsey Kleven

  Going from living in a large metropolitan city and moving to Gallipolis, Ohio, located in the state’s Appalachian region, W. Oran Smeltzer was in for a change. Having been raised in Gallia County, Smeltzer knew before moving back that parts of the area relied much less on technology and Internet than he had become accustomed to living in an urban area. A significant barrier to opportunity that the region faces is lack of Internet connectivity and adoption. In Connect Ohio’s recent report, Technology Barriers and Adoption in Rural Appalachian Ohio, it is revealed that an astonishing 531,000 adults in the area do not have home broadband...

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A Military Dad's Broadband Story

By Amanda Murphy

Thad Haines is in the Army and stationed in Washington D.C. His wife and children live in Appalachian Ohio in an area unserved by broadband. This is their broadband story.    

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Every Citizen Online All-Star Facility Award Presented to Columbus Metropolitan Library

By Lyndsey Kleven

Connect Ohio has named Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) an Every Citizen Online (ECO) All-Star Facility. The ECO All-Star Facility award was presented to Steve Hipes, Columbus Metropolitan Library ECO project manager, by executive director Stu Johnson during Connect Ohio’s quarterly Technology Association Meeting held in Columbus April 13, 2012. Connect Ohio ECO staff, including state operations managers and executive director, choose the ECO All-Star Facility awardee based on meeting various program ‘hallmarks of excellence’. These include, but are not limited to, the number of adults taking ECO training at the facility’s locations, ECO...

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