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Blog // Connect Ohio

Broadband bridges distances farther and faster

By COH Staff

The Internet now connects more devices around the world than ever before using a larger and more diverse set of applications.  These applications are used in more technology every day, from phones and computers to wearable accessories, even home appliances and security systems.  Broadband capability is making the world smaller and making it easier to stay in touch with friends, family, and even our pets. Friends have been staying in touch online since the advent of email, used popularly as early as the 1980s.  Friendly exchange online has grown by leaps and bounds, reinvented through social media in the 1990s and early 2000s....

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Oh the Places You’ll Go: Wi-Fi in a Traveler’s World

By COH Staff

Everyone needs a vacation from time to time, and summer is the perfect season for some R&R. However, for many, this reprieve from the daily grind does not include disconnecting. More and more, Wi-Fi connectivity is influencing the locations we choose to visit, the hotels we book, the flights we take, and even the luggage we carry. Currently, 53 airlines offer passengers the opportunity to stay connected while in flight; however, only eight airlines offer free Internet, and the costs vary significantly across the airlines that do charge. For example, on Aer Lingus, a 1-hour Internet pass is $14.95, versus Southwest Airlines where...

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UPDATED: AT&T to Offer Discounted Internet Service for Low-Income Consumers, Pending DIRECTV Merger

By Lindsay Shanahan

See 7/22/15 Update below! On July 2, AT&T  offered  to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a new “affordable, lower-priced, standalone broadband service to low-income consumers in AT&T’s footprint” if the company’s proposed merger with DIRECTV is approved by the FCC.  The request to create the program was made by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who has long championed and promoted broadband adoption initiatives. As proposed, for the next four years, AT&T will offer discounted broadband service to qualifying low-income consumers that do not currently subscribe to AT&T DSL service or are not...

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Millennials Embrace Online Payment Options

By COH Staff

In a recent blog from Connect Ohio, we discussed Fifth Third Bankcorp’s announcement that, in order to save money and maximize profits, they had decided to close branches and promote online options as the future of the company. Aligning with Fifth Third’s announcement, a recent post by Community Merchants U.S.A. noted that 70 percent of Millennials (those born between 1977 and 1992 according to Pew) believe that the future of payment technology is changing. The same post reveals that 44 percent of Millennials prefer to use their phones to pay for small items, and 62 percent are content with connecting their payment information to wearable...

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