State wants to expand high-speed internet

Sep 8, 2021 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

The Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant  program has begun accepting applications online and will provide $250 million in grants to internet service providers for the construction of broadband projects that improve high-speed internet access in unserved and underserved areas of Ohio.

Projects will provide service access of at least 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload to residents in areas that do not have a provider that can supply service at this speed.

“This program is a key investment in Ohio’s future as we work toward eliminating the digital divide in our state,” said Gov. Mike DeWine. “Connecting our rural and underserved areas with reliable internet service will help bring these communities up to speed with the rest of the state and will be a driving force for economic growth.”

Based on currently available information, 300,000 households in Ohio, representing approximately 1 million Ohioans, are estimated to lack access to broadband internet.

Internet Service Providers can apply online until Nov. 8. Applications will be reviewed by the Ohio Department of Development and BroadbandOhio, which was created in March 2020 to be the point of contact for all broadband projects in Ohio. Eligible applications will be sent to the Ohio Broadband Expansion Program Authority for approval and funding.

More information is available at Broadband.Ohio.Gov.

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