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Blog // Connect Ohio

The Future of Broadband Data and Connectivity

By Lindsay Shanahan

Connect Ohio’s mission is committed to improving broadband access, adoption, and use today, but also forecasting growing need in the future. Connect Ohio’s forecasting becomes event more relevant with recent research related to Internet Protocol (IP). IP is the method by which data is sent from one computer to another via the Internet. Global Internet Protocol traffic has increased over five times in the past five years and will continue to increase at least three times in the next four years. According to Forbes, in 2014 wired devices accounted for 54% of IP traffic. Yet, it is projected that, by 2019, wired devices will only account for 33...

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Don’t Bank On It

By Lindsay Shanahan

Fifth Third Bancorp, a Cincinnati-based bank, is cutting one hundred branch offices in response to the demand for mobile and online banking trends. Although Fifth Third has not yet specified which branches will be shut down, in a recent article by Columbus Business First, CEO of Fifth Third Bancorp, Kevin Kabat explained that the decision to close these branches was because a new type of consumer has emerged – one highly reliant on digital access to services and less dependent on the brick and mortar bank resource. “Consumer demographics and our customers’ preferred channels of banking are undergoing significant changes,” said Kabat. “...

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FCC Program to Bring $137 Million for High-Speed Internet Enhancements to Frontier Service Areas

By Dave Davidson

This week, Connect Ohio is thrilled to have Dave Davidson from Frontier Communications in Ohio as our guest blogger. To read more on Frontier’s acceptance of Connect America Fund Phase II subsidies, please click here. I am pleased to announce that Frontier Communications has agreed to accept $22.9 million per year for the next six years from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF) to expand and support broadband service that will benefit 66,592 Ohio households and businesses. The FCC recently announced that CAF will provide more than $10 billion nationally during the next six years. Frontier in Ohio expects to...

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USDA Grant Funds Rural Telemedicine and E-Learning

By Eric Frederick

 The USDA is making $19 million available to rural areas seeking to expand distance learning opportunities and telemedicine. The Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program gives schools, government groups, non-profits, businesses, and others the opportunity to obtain equipment and instruction that can benefit local students, teachers, doctors, and, most importantly, the community.  Nearly one fifth of America’s population resides in rural areas, as classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. These nearly 59.5 million people are spread over more than 90% of the nation’s land area, making it exceedingly difficult to concentrate...

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