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Connect Ohio’s New Broadband Availability Figures Show Significant Increases

By Lyndsey Kleven

New research released today by Connect Ohio shows that 86.73% of Ohio households have access to fixed broadband at 25 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload speeds across the state, a 25 percentage point increase compared to two and a half years ago. Connect Ohio is a subsidiary of Connected Nation which does mapping research and policy in 10 states comprising over 36% of nation’s landmass. Ohio’s availability of 86.73% availability at 25 Mbps compares to the national average of other Connected Nation states at 78.6% availability. Ohio broadband availability at 768 Kbps download/200 Kbps uploadis now at 98.79%, not including mobile wireless service. 

“A 25 percentage point increase in 25 Mbps speeds is evidence of Ohio’s providers investing in increased capacity,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. “However it also demonstrates that the investment is concentrated in enhancing existing infrastructure as the percentage of Ohioans with less than 768 Kbps availability remains unchanged.”

“Much progress has been made to increase broadband accessibility across Ohio. I commend all of the broadband stakeholders who continue to work together to address this issue,” said Senator Joe Uecker, chairman of the Ohio broadband and technology caucus. “However, accessibility issues still exist, particularly in Appalachia; stakeholders must continue to focus their efforts on this area to promote economic development and educational opportunities in the region.” 

Among the findings of the new broadband availability research:

  • 90% of Ohio’s households now have access to broadband service of at least 10 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload; this is an increase of over 16 percentage points from October 2011.
  • 83.73% of Ohio’s households now have access to broadband service of at least 50 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload; an increase of 22 percentage points from October 2011.
  • 86.73% of Ohio’s households now have access to broadband service of at least 25 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload; this is an increase of 25 percentage points from October 2011.
  • Since October 2013, Ohio access to broadband service at 25 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload has increased almost 3 percentage points.
  • 8.03% of Ohio households now have access to broadband availability at 100 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload, an increase of 7 percentage points since October 2011.

This is the ninth comprehensive broadband availability data release from Connect Ohio through the State Broadband Initiative (SBI). Connect Ohio is a subsidiary of Connected Nation, which does mapping research and policy in 10 states comprising over 36% of the nation’s landmass.

Connect Ohio’s website is home to an innovative broadband mapping tool called My ConnectView offering unmatched views of Ohio’s technology landscape. Residents and businesses are encouraged to use the interactive map to find area providers and help validate the data. To report that broadband is not available in a given area, consumers can fill out a broadband inquiry

Connect Ohio’s research was conducted as part of the SBI grant program for Ohio, funded by the NTIA. The data were gathered in accordance with the requirements of the NTIA. The process begins by contacting all known providers in the state and providing information about the broadband mapping project. Information on broadband service areas is collected from each provider through voluntary participation and is subject to confidentiality protections. Connected Nation strives to maintain a flexible mapping process to collect data from providers in a variety of formats based on providers’ technical capabilities and resources.

 

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