broadband

Broadband program salvaged in state budget

BY: - July 1, 2021

City leaders who see internet connectivity as a growing public utility were relieved to find broadband programs and grants kept in the new state budget. The fate of the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program and municipal broadband programs in the state were in question during budget negotiations. In the Senate version of the budget, […]

Budget includes $250M for Ohio broadband internet expansion

BY: - June 29, 2021

Few items in the new state budget will have as direct an impact on Ohioans’ lives as the money to be spent on improving access to broadband internet, what one lawmaker has long championed as the “great social equalizer of our time.” Lawmakers agreed to spend $250 million on broadband internet expansion projects to aid […]

Ohio Senate president now supportive of broadband internet spending

BY: - June 23, 2021

The leader of the Ohio Senate says he has come around on the issue of broadband internet spending, telling reporters Wednesday he is optimistic that lawmakers can come to an agreement on investing in this public need. Leaders from the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives are currently negotiating a two-year state budget that […]

Ohio Senate leadership wants no additional $ for broadband expansion

BY: - June 2, 2021

Lawmakers from both parties had been hopeful Ohio would take a big step forward this year to invest in broadband internet expansion throughout the state. Leaders in the Ohio Senate think otherwise. While their counterparts in the Ohio House of Representatives want to allocate millions of dollars for internet expansion projects, Republican state senators want […]

Ohio creates new program to fund broadband internet expansion projects

BY: - May 18, 2021

Supporters call this a good start in providing digital opportunities for all Ohioans A student being able to finish a school project at home with the help of online research.  A farmer selling goods using an online marketplace. A busy parent receiving telehealth services from their own living room. An estimated 1 million Ohioans lack […]

Legislation seeks to provide internet access in unserved areas of Ohio

BY: - February 10, 2021

Ohio legislators are making quick work on the issue of broadband expansion so far in 2021, with the goal of providing internet access to all areas of the state. A Republican-led effort is already seeing progress during the new legislative term. On Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill to finance […]

What to know about Gov. DeWine’s proposed state budget

BY: - February 2, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine outlined his administration’s proposed state budget on Monday, calling his plan “truly an investment into our future.” Acknowledging this as being an “extremely challenging time in Ohio,” DeWine nevertheless offered an optimistic view of the coming two years and said 2021 in particular would be a year of recovery.  The governor […]

Broadband access source of testing, analysis, and could be legislative debate

BY: - October 1, 2020

With an increase in remote learning, digital workplaces and Zoom meetings, the discussion over broadband internet connectivity has come up in different ways throughout Ohio. Now, testing the concept of broadband as a public utility may be the topic of legislative debate. “Let’s put ‘Little House on the Prairie’ in a museum,” said state Sen. […]

Child health in Ohio impacted by food insecurity, racial disparities, broadband access. Pandemic impact still unknown.

BY: - August 14, 2020

Infant mortality, broadband connectivity, and racial disparities have been named as major impacts on child health and success, especially as the pandemic continues to create uncertainty educationally and economically throughout the state. A state child advocacy group released its analysis of child welfare before the pandemic, and said the data should be a guide for […]

Broadband legislation to be introduced by Ohio senator

BY: - July 1, 2020

One of Ohio’s U.S. Senators is a cosponsor on legislation to allow broadband access to those laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sen. Sherrod Brown and Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden plan to introduce the “Emergency Broadband Connections Act” to create a $50 credit meant for monthly internet service, and require service providers […]

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access

BY: - April 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. More than two dozen lawmakers sent a bipartisan letter last week asking Democratic and Republican leaders of the U.S. House and Senate to set aside funding for a temporary emergency relief fund at the Federal Communications […]

Internet providers commit to keep Ohioans connected during self-isolation, school closures

BY: - March 20, 2020

The closure of schools has caused disruption to students’ schooling and every day routine, so some internet providers are committing to help. Several high-speed internet providers in the start have joined with the Federal Communications Commission’s “Keep Americans Connected” Pledge. With the commitment, internet service providers say they “will not terminate service to any residential […]