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Blog // Connect Ohio

Connect Ohio Celebrates Digital Learning Month with its Every Citizen Online Digital Literacy Program

By Lyndsey Kleven

June is Digital Learning month at Connect Ohio. Our mission during Digital Learning month is to highlight the benefits and needs for digital learning program, partners, and applications. Kate Love Simpson Library Morgan County Library holds our Every Citizen Online (ECO) basic computer training class at two of its library branches in Morgan County and has trained more than 250 people through the program. “In this computer class I learned how to get online,” said Lisa D. Massie, ECO participant at Kate Love Simpson. “This will help me to help my daughter do research for homework. I now feel fairly comfortable that if I push the wrong button I...

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Connect Ohio Unveils First Jobs Skills & Placement Center in Zanesville

By Lyndsey Kleven

On June 21st, Connect Ohio revealed its newest initiative, Digital Workssm: Connecting People & Jobs, a digital skills training program aimed at providing a link between twenty-first century workforce opportunities and community revitalization. The program provides mentoring and training to workers seeking employment and places them in quality teleworking jobs. The grand opening event for the first Digital Works center was held in Zanesville at the Muskingum County Business Incubator (MCBI), with remarks from dignitaries, program partners, the official program inauguration, and plans for rolling out the program statewide.   “...

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FCC’s Lifeline Broadband Pilots Test Strategies for Promoting Broadband Adoption among Low-Income Americans

By Connected Nation

This month Connected Nation is raising awareness about digital learning programs and partners across the country. Today’s blog is shining a spotlight on the FCC Lifeline Broadband Pilot program which launched last week. These pilots are underway in several states to test how best to increase adoption of high-speed Internet among low-income Americans, a group with strikingly low adoption levels. The FCC established the Lifeline broadband pilot program last year as a competitive selection program for projects to gather data regarding what programs would result in higher adoption rates among low-income consumers.  Connected Nation is...

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Connect Ohio Releases New Broadband Availability Figures

By Lyndsey Kleven

New research unveiled by Connect Ohio shows that the broadband availability gap in Ohio is shrinking. Currently 97.62% of Ohio residents have access to fixed broadband speeds of 3 Mbps/768 Kbps. The number of households with no access to any fixed broadband service is now at 59,200, compared to 64,800 last October. This is the seventh comprehensive broadband availability data refresh since the State Broadband Initiative started in 2010 with the greatest growth in availability seen in networks with speeds greater than 6 Mpbs/1.5 Mbps. “Over the past six months the concentration of investments has been to upgrade existing networks while...

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