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Connect Ohio has implemented a statewide broadband training program, Every Citizen Online (ECO), in order to increase sustainable broadband adoption in Ohio. The project provides free computer training sessions at public libraries, community colleges, community organizations, and educational centers throughout Ohio and teaches new users how to access the Internet and how to best utilize all the Internet has to offer.

The goal of the project is to showcase the many educational, healthcare, economic, and communication benefits of broadband use, and to encourage adoption by residents statewide. Currently, just 66% of Ohioans subscribe to a broadband service at their home.

 

The scope of this program includes:

  • 80,000 training hours

  • 280+ locations

  • 200,000 non-subscribing household participants

  • 75,000 incremental adopters

  • 2,000+ computers provided to libraries and community colleges

  • $10 million project, including $3 million in matching funds

  • 136 total jobs direct, indirect, and induced

  • 68 direct job-years

  • Extensive statewide public service announcement campaign

  • $31 million in incremental annual subscription revenue for broadband

The program launched in December 2010 and will continue for a period of two to three years.

For more information or to find a training location near you, call us at 1-855-669-4226 or e-mail info@connectohio.org