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Blog // Connect Ohio

FCC Offers $10 billion for Broadband Network Upgrades

By Tom Koutsky

Today, the FCC formally offered the nation’s largest telephone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, FairPoint, and Windstream, $10 billion in subsidies to offer broadband service to over 4 million homes and businesses that are currently unserved. Today’s offer is a critical step in “Phase II” of the Connect America Fund, which will subsidize the construction of 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up broadband networks in these areas over the next six years. These providers have until August 27, 2015 (120 days) to accept or reject the FCC’s offer on a state-by-state basis. If they reject these offers, the FCC will begin to award...

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Lifeline Reform: A Connect Ohio Policy Blog

By Lindsay Shanahan

Timely with the release of last week’s blog, the Pew Research Center released a new report on April 20 entitled, “The numbers behind the broadband ‘homework gap.’” Pew estimates that nationwide, 5 million households with children do not subscribe to broadband at home, and nearly one-third of households with school-aged children and an income less than $50,000 do not subscribe. In her statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s E-Rate Modernization Order in which she discussed the homework gap, Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel urged the FCC to also update the Lifeline Program, as it had the E-Rate program, to address issues with home...

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Ohio Communities Benefit From the Connect America Fund: A Connect Ohio Technical Assistance Blog

By Bart Winegar

The Connect America Fund (CAF) is designed to provide incentives for telephone companies to build-out broadband infrastructure in eligible rural areas. The program, which is implemented in phases, has provided tremendous benefit to several areas of Ohio where Connect Ohio offers technical assistance support and in which high-speed Internet access was previously unavailable. Connect Ohio’s parent nonprofit, Connected Nation, has continually tracked the progress of this program and provides regular updates through timely policy briefs. As detailed in one such brief, Phase I of the CAF program launched in 2013 and, in exchange for one-time, per...

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Twenty-first Century Technology in the Movie Theater: A Connect Ohio Blog

By Brad Ingles

It’s almost May, which means one thing for movie theater owners: the summer blockbuster rush is about to begin. With big budget movies like Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Entourage, and the highly anticipated Avengers sequel, it seems like movie theaters will be the place to be this summer. In Cinema Blend, an article explores what the movie theater experience could be like in 2017. It seems that the idea of theme park-like movies, in which seats move and images come at you, could be the next wave of the future. The article talked about 360 degree screens, dine-in movies, and even props within the theater. Groups like AMC and Dolby are...

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