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How Broadband Access is Impacting Ohio
By Jessica Denson
Within the last two years there has been a decrease in the number of broadband subscribers in Ohio. In fact, 2.5 million Ohioans do not have broadband access at home, which impacts communities, families, and business prosperity. Connect Ohio, a state affiliate of Connected Nation, has been working to increase broadband access, adoption, and use across the state. In order to help close the Digital Divide and make home broadband service a reality for Ohioans, Connect Ohio conducted a series of residential telephone surveys to measure the current impact broadband has in the region. The data...
Dayton’s Technology Action Plan: Creating a Digital Equitable Community
By Jessica Denson
When it comes to broadband (high-speed internet) access in Dayton, the cost of monthly service is the reason more than 78 percent of families and individuals cite as a barrier to getting online. This is especially concerning when you consider the groups most directly impacted by this—families with school-aged children, active or retired military, and those earning less than $35K a year. That’s according to data provided in Dayton’s just-released Technology Action Plan. Earlier this year, Dayton leaders decided they needed to understand the access, adoption, and use of the...
A Technology Action Plan to Connect Youngstown and Mahoning County’s Most Vulnerable
By Jessica Denson
A majority of households—97 percent—in Youngstown and Mahoning County have broadband available to them, but only 68 percent are able to access it, and there are several key demographics getting left on the wrong side of the digital divide. Those groups include families or individuals earning less than $35,000, adults between the ages of 18 and 34, households with school-age children, and, in particular, those living in Youngstown. Connected Nation (CN), through its Connected Community Engagement Program (Connectedsm), and in partnership with local leaders, formed the Youngstown...
Broadband Trends and Impacts in Ohio
By Jessica Denson
Connect Ohio, a subsidiary of Connected Nation, just released its latest findings on broadband trends and their impact on the Buckeye State. The study finds that while more Ohioans have computers, many adults still lack the digital skills needed to be competitive. “Developing the digital workforce skills that employers require can be essential to finding a job and growing a career,” said Stu Johnson, Executive Director of Connect Ohio (pictured right). “Simply increasing broadband access is not enough. We must also provide training solutions to help develop Ohio’s...