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Nearly 1 million Ohio households lack reliable broadband service, including 300,000 who don’t have any service at all. The Ohio House has passed a bill that would help expand broadband, and it's now up to Senators to pass the plan.

In this Thursday, March 26, 2020, photo, this wi-fi-enabled school bus, seen at an apartment complex in Winnsboro, S.C., is one of many being sent to rural and lower-income areas around South Carolina to help students with distance learning.
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With Ohio’s schools closed and lessons moved online for the rest of the academic year, most kids are spending more time on the computer. Millions of Ohioans are working from home.

View of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Justice Center, which also houses an antenna to support local internet coverage.
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Computer trainer and former library aide Shenee King has a bird’s eye view when it comes to digital inequity.

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A strategic plan would extend high-speed internet to about 1 million unserved or underserved Ohioans by using rural routes and highways previously off-limits to private development.

With fewer than 100 days left before the 2020 census is fully underway, rural communities caught in the digital divide are bracing for a potential undercount that could make it harder for them to advocate for resources over the next decade.

Now-Lt. Gov. Jon Husted speaking at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Government Day in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.
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About 1 million Ohioans, mostly in Appalachia, lack high-speed internet service and the state's highway corridors may hold the key to addressing the stubborn problem, a report released Wednesday concluded.

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Microsoft Corp. and an Ohio-based provider of telecommunications services announced an agreement Tuesday to extend broadband internet access to underserved rural areas of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois over the next three years.

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Many rural Ohioans could soon be getting broadband access for the first time thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and Agile networks.

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There is something millions of Ohioans take for granted that hundreds of thousands of others merely dream about: broadband service. All of Ohio’s major cities have it and some communities even offer it free to residents.

Ohio cities need three important utilities to stay viable: gas, electricity, and water. Now a fourth utility is pushing its way into the conversation: internet access. More specifically high-speed internet access. Where once communities have had to hope that private companies would provide that service, more and more local governments are taking on the responsibility themselves.  

In late 2014 Assistant Commerce Secretary Jay Williams came to Cleveland to announce a federal investment for a 100 gigabit trunk line that runs down right through the heart of the city.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland met with several public and private-sector leaders Thursday to discuss plans for a broadband network that would cover the entire state, and eventually the country.

Governor Strickland says giving all Ohioans access to broadband will take three years, and cost the state about two-point three million dollars a year.

The project is almost entirely state-funded, although the state is pursuing several private partnerships.

Strickland says such a network is vital to keeping Ohio on the forefront of education and medical research.

State Wants Broadband Available to All

Dec 17, 2007

Ohio's cable companies, phone companies, and state government are launching a joint project to make sure broadband internet access is available to all counties in the state.

Currently, some rural and Appalachian counties don't have high-tech lines that allow for quick access to the internet and the trasmission of huge amounts of video, sound, and data.

Governor Ted Strickland says the first goal of the project will be to draw maps of each area to see what services are available. And a second goal will be to get consumer input. S