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Blog // Connect Ohio

New Era Broadband Continues to Expand Access in Meigs County

By Lyndsey Kleven

Many areas of Ohio are still in the midst of the Digital Divide as known all too well by many Meigs County residents.

One local last mile broadband provider working to relinquish the digital divide in the local community is New Era Broadband. Connect Ohio has been working with New Era Broadband over the past three years to assist in fostering broadband expansion in Meigs County.

“If New Era Broadband wasn’t available in my area, I would be out of a job or commuting over a day in drive time only,” said Adam Roush, Meigs County resident. “I’m very happy that it has been made possible for people who live outside of a bigger city to be able to enjoy Internet and work from home.”

“As New Era Broadband continues to grow, Meigs County can continue to grow,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. “The expansion is a tremendous asset to these hard-to-reach last mile areas, previously unserved by Internet, that need it the most.”

A ribbon-cutting event was held on January 22 to celebrate the midway expansion point of New Era Broadband access to the many unserved and underserved homes and businesses in the county.

Local dignitaries, New Era Broadband staff, and Connect Ohio held the ceremony to celebrate the completion of 13 towers that can deploy broadband to 1,500 residences and businesses.

In the three months since the ceremony, additional towers have been added with the 16th currently being installed.

The newest towers have been added to an access point tower in Bearwallow Ridge (pictured above, right), another in Danville on Red Hill Road on a tower owned by the Leading Creek Water District, and the one currently in process is on a MARCS tower near Reedsville (pictured left). These towers are able to service an additional 200 residences, covering rather sparsely populated areas.

“New Era Broadband has plenty of capacity that we would certainly like residents to take advantage of,” said David Hannum, New Era Broadband CEO. “We’ll be adding more towers in the coming months. It’s certainly something to look into, even if residents have service, as in many cases the speeds New Era Broadband can provide are faster and less expensive than what’s already available.”

Targeted areas for expansion are TP-C Water District water towers on Silver Ridge and Success Road, as well as constructing a new tower on Gold Ridge Road, all within the coming months.

Upon completion of the project this summer, New Era Broadband expects to be able to reach an estimated 3,300 residents. 

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