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Recent News // More Than 1.8 Million K-12 Students and 3.4 Million Working-Age Adults in Ohio Use the Internet for Coursework

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Nearly one in four working-age adults report using the Internet to take online classes.

COLUMBUS – A new report from Connect Ohio released yesterday explores the impact of broadband as an educational tool for school-age children and for adults in continuing education opportunities.

“I am proud and excited to announce the release of Connect Ohio’s latest research paper entitled, Broadband: Empowering Life-Long Learning,” said Lindsay Shanahan, executive director for Connect Ohio. “Broadband opens doors for Ohio’s students and impacts economic development in the state by ensuring our workforce remains competitive in the twenty-first century interconnected global marketplace.”

The report shows a growing need for broadband access for not only Ohio’s K-12 students, but also adults seeking to continue their education. While more than four out of five Ohio households with school-age children have broadband at home, more than 324,000 K-12 students go online from locations other than the home on a regular basis because they lack an at-home subscription. Many of these students reside in rural areas or come from low-income families. 

Additional key findings from this report include:

  • Across Ohio, more than 1.8 million K-12 students use the Internet for their schoolwork.
  • More than 382,000 Ohio K-12 students still do not have access to broadband at home.
  • More than four out of five Ohio families with children (83%) report that their children go online at school to complete their schoolwork. In addition, many students rely on libraries and local businesses to access the Internet.
  • Nearly 2 million working-age Ohio adults take online classes, while nearly 3.4 million working-age Ohio adults use the Internet for research or some other type of schoolwork.
  • Lack of available broadband service is still a challenge faced by many families, especially in rural and Appalachian portions of the state. More than 427,000 Ohio children live in areas where broadband is not available at the benchmark speeds of 25 Mbps download/ 3 Mbps upload most recently defined as “advanced broadband” by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
  • Several state and federal programs, including the FCC’s Lifeline and E-Rate programs, are striving to make fast, affordable broadband available to every student.

Connect Ohio discussed the findings of this report at the Ohio Telecom Association’s Annual Convention and Tech Show held May 26-28 in Columbus.

Download the press release.

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About Connect Ohio: Connect Ohio, a division of Connected Nation, is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Ohioans. Connect Ohio effectively raises the awareness of the value of broadband and works to improve technology access, adoption, and use through its programs. Connect Ohio is a nonprofit, technology-neutral public-private partnership. For more information about what Connect Ohio is doing to accelerate technology in Ohio’s communities, visit Follow Connect Ohio on Facebook and Twitter.