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Broadband Heros

The Village of Byesville

Friday July 26, 2013

Brennan Dudley, on behalf of the Village of Byesville, has been selected as Connect Ohio’s newest Broadband Hero awardee. Byesville was recognized by Connect Ohio at the state quarterly Technology Association Meeting, Friday, July 26, in Columbus, for efforts in fostering high-speed broadband expansion to the many unserved and underserved homes and businesses in the area.

 

The willingness of the Village of Byesville to allow Rowe Wireless Networks to place equipment on top of a village water storage tank provided about 200 additional feet of altitude and enabled Rowe Networks to magnify its wireless service for miles beyond the village limits. As a result, numerous rural homes and small businesses have benefitted.

 

In April, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the initial deployment of broadband access in Byesville. Rowe Networks had already deployed equipment on one tower in order to connect residents to wireless high-speed Internet. Since the ceremony, Rowe has secured more than 3 additional vertical assets in which it plans to expand its coverage area to reach addition residents.

 

The Rowe Networks broadband coverage is helping to not only bridge an existing digital divide in the Village of Byesville, but also for additional areas in Guernsey County. Research from Connect Ohio show that there are currently more than 1,900 unserved residents in this Appalachian area who do not have access to high-speed Internet.

 

Dudley said the village was happy to help because of “the importance we place on business. We like to see business flourish.”

 

The initial deployment was made possible as a result of an agreement between Byesville Village Water Authority and Rowe Networks. The equipment deployed on the tower is connecting more than 70 residents to wireless high-speed Internet.

 

Bart Winegar, technical outreach manger for Connect Ohio, praised Rowe’s business boldness and Byesville’s willingness to assist in broadband expansion to this area.

 

“The cooperation of local authorities, townships, and village is vital to the expansion of high-speed Internet, especially to rural areas,” said Winegar. “The village of Byesville has provided a great benefit to its citizens by collaborating with Rowe Networks.”

 

Connect Ohio thanks Brennan Dudley and the Village of Byesville for championing broadband expansion in the community, aiding in connecting numerous households and residents to high-speed broadband access.