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Recent News // How Broadband Access is Impacting Ohio

Monday, August 07, 2017

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 across the state. In order to help close the Digital Divide and make home broadband service a reality for Ohioans, Connect Ohio conducted a series of residential telephone surveys to measure the current impact broadband has in the region. The data gathered measured how well Ohio adults are prepared for a twenty-first century workforce.

The 2017 study found that even if they are connected many Ohioans do not have the digital skills necessary to compete in jobs that are technology driven, and that nearly one-in-four Ohioans have difficulty searching for a job online.

“It’s important to keep in mind that measuring broadband adoption isn’t just about the numbers—it’s about people’s lives,” said Chris McGovern, Connected Nation’s Director of Research Development. “When you don’t have broadband, your children have a harder time doing their homework, it’s harder to find a job and it’s harder to take a class or learn a new skill…it’s not about counting percentage points, it’s about making people’s lives better.”

A Digital Divide still exists in regions across the state. The Connect Ohio study revealed that households in Appalachia with low income are much less likely to have adopted broadband.

“The landscape of the Digital Divide has shifted from those who can’t get broadband, to those who can’t afford it or don’t realize its value. Conversely, as broadband becomes more and more essential in our daily lives, consumption among adopters is growing exponentially,” said Connect Ohio’s Executive Director and Connected Nation’s Vice President of Digital Works, Stu Johnson. “Therefore, I would argue that the new Digital Divide is actually growing and leaving vulnerable populations further and further behind every day.”

Click here to view the 2017 Connect Ohio report, Broadband Trends and Impacts in Ohio.

Jessica Denson, Communications Manager
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(502) 341-2024 


Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans so no one is left on the wrong side of the digital divide. The Connected Community Engagement Program works with local communities to identify the challenges and solutions to broadband expansion.

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