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Recent News // Release: Ribbon Cutting Event Celebrates Internet Deployment for Byesville

Friday, April 19, 2013

 

      

Ribbon Cutting Event Celebrates Internet Deployment for Byesville

 

Completed Expansion Project Gives Broadband Access
to Hundreds of Unserved and Underserved Ohioans

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                               Contact: Lyndsey Kleven

April 19, 2013                                                                                                  614-313-6951 or lkleven@connectohio.org

 

CAMBRIDGE – Village of Byesville officials, representatives from Rowe Networks, along with members of the Connect Appalachia Broadband Task Force and Connect Ohio, held a ribbon-cutting event Thursday in Byesville. The event celebrated the initial deployment of broadband access in Byesville to the many unserved and underserved homes and businesses in the area. Rowe Networks has already deployed wireless equipment on one tower in the Byesville area, connecting residents to wireless high-speed Internet. Additional tower expansion will reach more than 1,000 residents and businesses in the area.

                              

"If you look at the Appalachian region, we are in the heart of much of the unserved areas,” said Josh Rowe, CEO of Rowe Networks. “One challenge we faced when locating our office was broadband availability. As a small business, we chose to base our office in Byesville and expand access in this area to draw in more businesses and residents. Rowe Networks is already working to expand its network into the unserved areas to bring more citizens access.”

The Rowe Networks broadband service deployment is helping to bridge an existing digital divide for Guernsey County residents. Research from Connect Ohio’s Guernsey County technology profile shows that there are currently more than 1,900 unserved residents in the area who do not have access to high-speed Internet.

“As the Rowe Network continues to grows, Byesville can continue to grow,” said Jay Jackson, councilman for the Village of Byesville. “The expansion is a tremendous asset to the Byesville area, in which Rowe Networks is expanding to areas previous unserved by Internet that need it most. It also is providing faster speeds and increasing efficiency. The biggest impact will be on education and enhancing the learning process for the children who previously had no access at all. Instead of traveling to a location with Internet, homes can be reached now that weren’t reached before. Rowe Networks is a becoming a vital part of our community.”

The initial deployment was made possible as a result of an agreement between Byesville Village Water Authority and Rowe Networks. Equipment has already been deployed in the Byesville area and is connecting more than 70 residents to wireless high-speed Internet.

“The cooperation of local authorities, townships, and villages is vital to the expansion of high-speed Internet, especially to rural areas,” said Bart Winegar, technical outreach manager for Connect Ohio. “The village of Byesville has provided a great benefit to its citizens by collaborating with Rowe Networks.”

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