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Recent News // Press Release: Growing Number of Ohio Households With Access to Gigabit Broadband Service

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Latest statewide broadband maps from Connect Ohio show that 6.8% of Ohio households have access to 1 gigabit per second service

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COLUMBUS – New research released today by Connect Ohio shows that 6.8% of Ohio households now have access to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) broadband connectivity, a speed approximately 100 times faster than the average fixed high-speed Internet connection. This is the first Ohio data release with households having access to 1 Gbps broadband service. Ohio has also made considerable strides in advancing access at additional competitive speeds. In Ohio, 82.92% of households have access to fixed broadband at 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload across the state, the speed threshold defined as “advanced broadband” by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in January of this year. Availability at this speed has increased over 20 percentage points since 2011. In addition, Ohio broadband availability of at least 3 Mbps download/768 Kbps upload is now 98.19%, not including mobile wireless service.

“The availability of gigabit connectivity and increase in access to higher speeds evidences Ohio providers’ investment in increased capacity,” said Lindsay Shanahan, Executive Director of Connect Ohio. “While encouraging, broadband access challenges remain in Appalachian regions in which many counties have less than 40% of households served by broadband service at 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload.”

“Progress is continuing to be made to expand high-speed Internet access across Ohio but work still remains, predominantly in Appalachia,” said Senator Joe Uecker, Chairman of the Ohio Broadband and Technology Caucus.  “The Ohio Broadband and Technology Caucus will continue to ensure that these issues are addressed to grow workforce and educational opportunities in rural communities across Ohio.”

Among the findings of the new broadband availability research:

  • 98.19% of Ohio’s households now have access to broadband service of at least 3 Mbps download/768 Kbps upload, an increase from 98.09% of households in October 2014.
  • 91.62% of Ohio’s households now have access to broadband service of at least 10 Mbps download/1 Mbps upload.
  • 99.88% of Ohio’s households have access to mobile wireless services at speeds of at least 3 Mbps download/768 Kbps upload.
  • 8.66% of Ohio’s households have access to fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service at speeds of at least 3 Mbps download/768 Kbps upload.

Connect Ohio, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state’s comprehensive broadband repository, has been producing broadband availability data releases on a regular basis since 2008. Through its mapping and corresponding research, Connect Ohio benchmarks and tracks the progress of access, adoption, and use in Ohio and provides these analyses through My ConnectView™, a publicly available interactive mapping tool.

Connect Ohio’s broadband data gathering was conducted as part of its contract with the state of Ohio. The process begins by contacting all known broadband providers in the state and providing information about the broadband mapping project. Data on broadband service areas is collected from each provider through voluntary participation and is subject to confidentiality protections. To ensure accuracy, Connect Ohio validates all data received from participating providers through independent, targeted verifications and randomly selected field validations. Public and private stakeholders are also encouraged to submit feedback regarding broadband in their area through broadband inquiries. Connect Ohio strives to maintain a flexible mapping process to collect data from providers in a variety of formats based on providers’ technical capabilities and resources.

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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.