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Blog // Connect Ohio

One Year Later, Dozens of Communities Connected

By Connected Nation

This month marks one year since Charlevoix County, MI became the first Connected certified community in the country. We’ve commemorated the event in style by celebrating the country’s ninth Connected community – Van Wert County, OH. A rural county located on the southern edge of northwest Ohio’s rich agricultural region, Van Wert County has a large number of residents employed in the agricultural industry, and while the cost of living is low, the county has lost more than 5% of its population since 1990. With a shrinking populace, community leaders have been working harder than ever to do more with less. Led by Kim Brandt, Van Wert County’...

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Video: Digital Works Training Process

By Lyndsey Kleven

This video is part 2 of a 4 part series, following the development and implementation of the first Digital Works location in Zanesville, OH.  Following the Digital Works orientation process, interested participants start the 144-hour training program. The Digital Works training program prepares participants—at no cost—for customer service work, placing them in positions with various online companies. At the end of training the workers are guaranteed placement in positions that match their skills and interest.   “They explain to you what you need to do and how to be a good customer service representative,” said Dustin Bollinger,...

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Commitments Announced for FCC’s Connect America Fund: Phase 1

By Connected Nation

On August 20, larger (“price cap”) local telephone companies began making commitments to the FCC to build out fixed broadband service to thousands of homes and businesses that do not have access to broadband service today. These commitments are part of the Phase I of the FCC’s Connect America Fund (CAF), which offers one-time, per-location payments to these providers to upgrade their networks. All told, more than 600,000 homes and businesses could see broadband network upgrades as a result of this program. Over the next few days, the FCC will review this information, compare it to the availability data on the National Broadband Map,...

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Connect Ohio Welcomes First Certified Connected Community

By Lyndsey Kleven

Van Wert County, Ohio is officially a Connect Ohio certified Connected community. Currently eight Ohio communities are involved in some stage of the Connected program, but Van Wert is Ohio’s first to achieve the official Connected certification, and the 9th community in the nation to earn this certification. The occasion was marked with a public event Wednesday, August 21, at the County Annex Building in Van Wert. The Van Wert Broadband Planning Committee was presented with its official Connected trophy announcing the community’s official designation. “Connect Ohio has been very beneficial for Van Wert County in bringing city and county...

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