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Blog // Connect Ohio

Broadband Adoption among Ohio Households Increased Significantly in 2012

By Lyndsey Kleven

For those using broadband and technology on a daily basis, it is remarkable to think that others are not, yet nearly one third of Ohioans have not adopted this technology. Connect Ohio has conducted a survey of residents from across the state to see if they access broadband, and if so, how they are using it. Findings from the 2012 Residential Technology Assessment show the greatest jump in home broadband adoption, now at 71%, which increased from the 2010 and 2011 results that stayed stagnant around 66%. “Ohioans can be proud of the continued network expansion investments of telecommunication, cable, and wireless Internet service providers...

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A Message From Executive Director Stu Johnson

By COH Staff

It has been an incredible year for Connect Ohio, thanks to your support. The latest Ohio broadband stats show an overall decrease in households with no access to any fixed broadband service of more than 9,000 homes and businesses compared to April 2012. The Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative (CABI) Task Force was instrumental in reducing unserved households specifically in Appalachian Ohio by 20,000 since October 2011. In cooperation with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, the CABI Fund has been created to elicit contributions to provide training, computers, and discounted Internet service to low-income Appalachian families. Details...

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Connect Ohio Gears Up for a Season of Giving

By Lyndsey Kleven

The Connect Ohio team is kicking off Connected Nation's Season of Giving! Our office has adopted a family through Amethyst, Inc. For more than 25 years, Amethyst programs have provided long-term, gender-specific alcohol and drug treatment combined with supportive housing for homeless women and their families. Its distinctive treatment model focuses on addiction while emphasizing the roles that poverty and trauma play in perpetuating drug and alchol use in women. Our new office is neighbors with apartments that are leased by Amethyst for women in their intensive drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. The average client stays with them for...

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Richland Correctional Institution ECO Training Part 1: Reintegration Platform

By Lyndsey Kleven

  Richland Correctional Institution (RCI) is a rehabilitation and correctional institution located in Mansfield, Ohio, housing just over 2,500 inmates who hold up to medium security status. The facility was sanctioned as a rehabilitation institution with the focus of giving inmates meaningful activities for 8 hours a day. RCI partnered with Connect Ohio to offer the Every Citizen Online (ECO) basic computer training course to its inmates, to provide them with the computer skills they need to be successfully reintegrated into society. “They really like it and it’s something that they may have never been exposed to,” said Matt Williams...

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