About Every Citizen Online
Connect Ohio implemented a statewide broadband training program in 2010, Every Citizen Online (ECO), in order to increase sustainable broadband adoption in Ohio. The project provided free computer instructor based training through July of 2013 at public libraries, community colleges, community organizations, and educational centers throughout Ohio to teach new users how to access the Internet and how to best utilize all the Internet has to offer.
Self-paced training will continued to be offered following the grant period to provide free training to help get you connected. Take the training through the online portal as your one stop to find Internet resources for better healthcare, education, jobs, and staying in touch. Register here:
The goal of the project was to showcase the many educational, healthcare, economic, and communication benefits of broadband use, and to encourage adoption by residents statewide. Currently, just 71% of Ohioans subscribe to a broadband service at their home. Of ECO survery respondents, 68 percent indicated they would subscribe to broadabnd within the next year in response to the training.
The scope of this program includes:
80,000 training hours
200,000 non-subscribing household participants
75,000 incremental adopters
2,000+ computers provided to libraries and community colleges
$10 million project, including $3 million in matching funds
136 total jobs direct, indirect, and induced
68 direct job-years
Extensive statewide public service announcement campaign
$31 million in incremental annual subscription revenue for broadband
The program launched in December 2010 and with the grant period contining through July of 2013.