Recent News // Release: Intel Pledges Financial Support for Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative
Intel Corporation’s financial support will provide a computer and technology training to Appalachian Ohio households in need
COLUMBUS— The Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative (CABI) Task Force is pleased to receive generous financial support from Intel Corporation for the CABI fund, which will aid in providing a computer and technology training to Appalachian Ohio households in need. In 2012 more than 20,000 Appalachian Ohio households gained first time access to the Internet in part through the efforts of CABI. Intel plays an integral role in CABI with Linda Kenworthy, business development manager, serving as a chair to the Task Force’s technology sub-committee since spring of 2012, and previous financial support to aide in bridging the digital divide that exists in Ohio’s Appalachian region.
“Intel is proud to support the Connect Appalachia Broadband Initiative Task Force because we believe all citizens should have the right technology and access to be an active participant in the twenty-first century,” said Paige Johnson, Intel’s K-12 education strategist. “Empowering Ohioans with computers and development tools will not only benefit them, but their families, employers, and communities.”
Connect Ohio’s research reveals only 53% of Appalachian Ohio residents have broadband service in their home, significantly less than the state average of 71%. The fund was created in January of 2013, administered through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and established through an initial investment from Chesapeake Energy, to provide individuals, corporations, and foundations a platform to participate in the cause to help Appalachian Ohio households get connected.
“Barriers to broadband adoption in Appalachian Ohio are digital literacy and technology costs, the same as around the rest of the state,” said Stu Johnson, co-chairperson for the Task Force and executive director of Connect Ohio. “However, in 2012 rural Appalachian Ohioans were the only demographic to show a decline in adoption. Beyond the compelling moral component of assisting those in need with digital literacy training and computers, the financial cost of digital exclusion is growing and Intel’s generous financial contribution will be providing enormous opportunity to many Appalachian families.”
The Task Force is comprised of leaders from public, private, and government organizations with a vested interest in increasing broadband availability and use to Appalachian Ohio. At annual meetings, members discuss current broadband expansion projects for this region and collaboratively develop plans and solutions for moving these projects forward and fostering additional expansion projects. The mission of the initiative is to pull Appalachian Ohio to within state and national standards in broadband adoption by 2014.
Download Connect Ohio’s Technology Barriers and Adoption in Rural Appalachian Ohio report.
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