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Connect Ohio Statement Regarding Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Award

By Amanda Murphy

The City of Columbus, Ohio, has been announced as the awardee of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge and will receive $40 million toward the city’s plan to improve transportation technologies and local mobility. Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. committed an additional $10 million to the winning city, and local Columbus stakeholders have committed an additional $90 million toward making the city’s plan a reality.

Recent News // Connect Ohio Statement Regarding Columbus’ Smart City Challenge Award

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Broadband Helps Local Farmers

By Chris McGovern

It’s June, and that means the start of summer. Around here, that equals the end of classes, evenings on the lake, and the return of the summer farmers market.  Even though the county’s open air market feels like it’s a thousand miles from technology, local farmers are still benefiting from the ability to use broadband to grow, advertise, and sell their wares.

Broadband Trends in Ohio

By Lindsay Shanahan

Ohio has been a leader in fostering a vibrant broadband ecosystem in the state, according to the report, Ohio Broadband Trends, released today by Dr. John Hoag of Ohio University. However, significant and substantial gaps in broadband availability and adoption still persist in Ohio according to the report, which was sponsored by Connect Ohio.

Tags:  broadband   report   Ohio  

Recent News // Press Release: Ohio Broadband Trends Report Highlights Technology Strides and Existing Challenges in Appalachia

Thursday, June 09, 2016

New Report Highlights Benefits of Digital Infrastructure

By Lindsay Shanahan

Last week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a report: A Policymaker’s Guide to Digital Infrastructure. The report outlines the benefits and challenges of incorporating technology systems that collect and transmit digital information into the infrastructure that currently transports people, goods, and information.

USDA Accepting Applications for $11M in Grants To Further Broadband to Rural Communities

By Amanda Murphy

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for grants through its Community Connect program. This program helps fund broadband access in unserved communities and is administered by USDA’s Rural Utilities Service.

More than $11 million in grants will be awarded for broadband infrastructure, as well as broadband for community centers and public institutions. For 2016, the minimum grant amount will be $100,000, and the maximum is $3 million.

FCC Approves Broadband Consumer Labels

By Amanda Murphy

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released voluntary labels for broadband providers to use to disclose speeds, data caps, prices, and more for consumer broadband service. These labels were proposed by the Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee as a safe harbor for broadband providers to comply with the 2015 Open Internet Order, otherwise known as the Net Neutrality Order.

Tags:  FCC   policy   Iowa   Nevada   Ohio   South Carolina  

Recent News // Satellite Internet Providers Push To Sign-Up Rural Ohioans

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

FCC To Lower Broadband Internet Prices for Low-Income Consumers - FACT SHEET

By Tom Koutsky

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will make it easier for low-income families to buy broadband service.

Tags:  Ohio  
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