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Blog // Connect Ohio

RAA Services Partners with Columbiana County Airport to Expand Broadband

By Lyndsey Kleven

RAA Services currently services more than 650 homes and businesses in Eastern Ohio and is in the process of completing expansion of high-speed Internet access to many locations unserved or underserved by high-speed Internet access. The Columbiana County Airport allowed RAA Services to install equipment on its light tower - the highest point in that area- in exchange for free high-speed Internet access at the airport. The deal was a win-win for everyone as the airport was previously unserved by high-speed and RAA Service was able to expand high-speed Internet access to area residents, all of which were previously unserved. “The airport...

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EveryoneOn Digital Literacy Initiative Begins This Month

By Amanda Murphy

Connect Ohio wants to make you aware of EveryoneOn, a national digital literacy training program launching March 21, 2013, which includes a robust PSA campaign that may result in public inquiries at libraries and Every Citizen Online partner locations. According to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), EveryoneOn is a collaboration between IMLS, Connect2Compete (C2C), the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, OCLC, the Ad Council, and private corporations.  All libraries in Ohio and nationwide are listed as training locations and the PSAs may direct the public to their area library for more...

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Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio Trains More than 400 Participants on Computer Basics

By Lyndsey Kleven

  As a partner in Connect Ohio’s Every Citizen Online (ECO) basic computer training program, Goodwill Industries of South Central Ohio offers the free ECO computer training through a mobile computer lab, holding training at 10 locations across 7 counties. After catching up with ECO instructor Mark Hughes while he was setting up the mobile computer lab at Logan-Hocking County District Library, he talked about who is taking the computer training course. “Participants are looking to learn about Internet usage and e-mail,” said Hughes. “Many come in not knowing how to turn on a computer. The south central region covers a lot of rural areas...

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US Treasury Requiring Electronic Payment of Federal Benefits

By Lyndsey Kleven

The US Treasury Department is looking to eliminate paper checks as a form of payment to Americans receiving federal benefits, and require them to switch to electronic payment starting March 1, 2013. The campaign, started by the Treasury Department, has created a website called, www.godirect.org, to help convert the remaining paper check group over to electronic payments. An article from NPR titled, “Get A Social Security Check? Treasury Says It’s Time To Go Electronic” reports the reason behind the change is that the government will save $1 billion over the next 10 years by not having to issue paper checks. Five million checks are sent out...

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