Thursday, August 11, 2022
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Through the BroadbandOhio Community Accelerator program, Tuscarawas County and other areas are working on broadband plans so they can take advantage of funding opportunities

Despite rapid increase in demand for broadband in the U.S. over the last few years, about 1.4 million Ohioans still lack access to reliable high-speed internet, according to a recent policy brief by Ohio State University’s C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy.

At the 10th annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference May 10, speakers discussed investments and opportunities in Ohio’s Appalachian region, including in broadband and tourism.

To help guide broadband expansion efforts in southwestern Pennsylvania, the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission and partners like Carnegie Mellon University and Allies for Children released a Connectivity Roadmap April 25, focusing on 10 Pennsylvania counties and the city of Pittsburgh.

The Beaver County Office of Planning and Redevelopment announced plans to spend nearly $20 million of American Rescue Plan Act funding on the Connect Beaver County program. It will bring broadband to 28 municipalities that lack complete or sufficient access to reliable, high-speed internet.

Even as the U.S. works on moving forward on broadband expansion, some rural areas could see a step backwards in cellular connections this year, when major carriers shut down their 3G networks.

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced the preliminary approval of over $17.4 million in Line Extension Advancement and Development program funds.

Pennsylvania is gearing up to take full advantage of federal broadband funds, at the state level, and at the regional level.

Cooperatives that originally brought electricity to rural Ohio are now looking for ways to provide high speed internet as well.

Farm organizations and rural leaders are continuing to emphasize what the pandemic has made clear: rural areas need broadband. In addition to public dollars dedicated to the problem, private sector companies and nonprofits are continuing to work on solutions.