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Below are the latest news stories and press releases from Connect Ohio.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

VIDEO: Roundtable looks to better internet access in Mahoning, Trumbull counties

The following story first aired on WFMJ-TV on August 8, 2017. News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio BOARDMAN, Ohio -Community leaders in Mahoning and Trumbull counties are looking to bring better high-speed internet access to the area.  Congressman Bill Johnson hosted a roundtable discussion Monday morning about the...
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Monday, August 07, 2017

How Broadband Access is Impacting Ohio

Within the last two years there has been a decrease in the number of broadband subscribers in Ohio. In fact, 2.5 million Ohioans do not have broadband access at home, which impacts communities, families, and business prosperity. Connect Ohio, a state affiliate of Connected Nation, has been working to increase broadband access, adoption, and use...
Friday, August 04, 2017

Dayton’s Technology Action Plan: Creating a Digital Equitable Community

When it comes to broadband (high-speed internet) access in Dayton, the cost of monthly service is the reason more than 78 percent of families and individuals cite as a barrier to getting online. This is especially concerning when you consider the groups most directly impacted by this—families with school-aged children, active or retired military,...
Thursday, August 03, 2017

A Technology Action Plan to Connect Youngstown and Mahoning County’s Most Vulnerable

A majority of households—97 percent—in Youngstown and Mahoning County have broadband available to them, but only 68 percent are able to access it, and there are several key demographics getting left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Those groups include families or individuals earning less than $35,000, adults between the ages of 18 and 34...
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Students, Seniors, Families to Benefit From Fairfield County Technology Action Plan

From employers who want more tech-savvy workers to families and seniors being left out of a digital world, Fairfield County is a community in need of better broadband (high-speed internet) access. Connected Nation (CN), through its Connected Community Engagement Program (Connectedsm), and in partnership with local leaders, has come up with a set...
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Broadband Trends and Impacts in Ohio

Connect Ohio, a subsidiary of Connected Nation, just released its latest findings on broadband trends and their impact on the Buckeye State. The study finds that while more Ohioans have computers, many adults still lack the digital skills needed to be competitive. “Developing the digital workforce skills that employers require can be essential to...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Residents Want Better Internet: A Technology Action Plan for Meigs and Vinton Counties

For those living in Meigs and Vinton Counties, it’s not easy to connect to the digital world. Even when people can access the internet, a large majority (69% of subscribers) report that they’re dissatisfied with their current service; 80% of those say their speed is simply too slow to effectively use the internet; and another 61% say their...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Drive Testing Reveals Gaps in Broadband Coverage That Could Impact Public Safety

 Columbus, OH - (May 30, 2017) – Just how connected is southeast Ohio? It’s the question the Ohio Department of Transportation asked Connected Nation’s (CN) subsidiary, Connect Ohio, to answer in an effort to improve its dispatch and routing software and hardware. Chip Spann is the Director of Engineering & Technical Services (ETS)...
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Study: Ohio Statewide Broadband Office, Investment Fund Could Help Boost Rural Access

 May 15, 2017Government Technology | by Theo Douglas A recent study by Ohio State University (OSU) researchers found broadband access severely lacking in the state’s rural areas, a deficit they reported could yield significant economic growth if corrected — but if resolved could also lead to other, unintended consequences. Connecting the...
Monday, May 08, 2017

Digital Inclusion Week: Leaving No One Out of a Connected Nation

Bowling Green, Ky. (May 8, 2017) – Digital Inclusion Week runs from May 8 to May 13. The week is meant to raise awareness that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, must have access to technologies that can improve their quality of life. For Connected Nation (CN), that means ensuring that no family, individual, or...