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Below are the latest news stories and press releases from Connect Ohio.
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)...
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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...
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Improving broadband access in Fairfield County is goal of effort

January 3, 2017 The Columbus Dispatch | By Tim Feran Fairfield County is set to get a big boost this year in getting better access to broadband and internet technology. That’s because Connect Ohio, which advocates for broadband access in the state, has selected the county and four other areas to participate in the Connected Community Engagement...
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Press Release: Five Ohio Communities to Receive Detailed Tech Assessment and Broadband Plan

The project assists communities with enhancing technology standing in today’s digital economy COLUMBUS, OH – Connect Ohio has selected five Ohio communities to participate in the Connected℠ Community Engagement Program (Connected℠). Each will receive a comprehensive technology assessment and innovative project plan to enhance the technology...
Friday, November 18, 2016

The Digital Divide Hits Home

November 17, 2016 | Youngstown Business Journal | By Dan O'Brien While teaching young people the fundamentals of computer technology is essential, the greater challenge is bringing that internet connection into the home. And, the discussion has shifted to what should be considered adequate broadband service because more information and services...
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Broadband Leadership Services – Quarterly Report to Ohio Developmental Services Agency

In July 2016, Connect Ohio contracted with the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) to deliver broadband mapping, research, policy, and technical assistance support in the state. Under this agreement, we provide comprehensive quarterly reports in order to maintain transparent communication with DSA and other key stakeholders, and to qualify the...
Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Press Release: Connect Ohio Accepting Applications to Award 5 Communities Detailed Technology Assessment and Broadband Plan

Connect Ohio is accepting applications from Ohio communities interested in taking part in the Connected℠ Community Engagement Program (Connected℠) to receive a comprehensive technology assessment and innovative project plan to enhance its technology standing in today’s digital economy. As many as five communities may be selected for the Connected...
Monday, October 10, 2016

Broadband Leadership Services – Report to Ohio Developmental Services Agency

From December 2015 through June 2016, Connect Ohio and the Digital Works program contracted with the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) to deliver broadband support and modern workforce training and placement in the state. Connect Ohio has provided a comprehensive report to DSA in order to maintain transparent communication and to continue...
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Connect Ohio Statement Regarding Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Award

COLUMBUS, OH – The City of Columbus, Ohio, has been announced as the awardee of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge and will receive $40 million toward the city’s plan to improve transportation technologies and local mobility. Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. committed an additional $10 million to the winning city, and local...