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Why Broadband Matters

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Across Ohio, there are places that have easy access to high-speed internet at speeds that allow people to browse the internet, watch streaming movies, run a small business, and learn and work from home. Other places in Ohio do not. Up to 1 million Ohioans do not have access to high-speed internet.

In March of 2020, Governor Mike DeWine announced the creation of BroadbandOhio, an office dedicated to tackling the problem and improving access to high-speed internet across Ohio. As part of the Ohio Broadband Strategy, BroadbandOhio is the point of contact for all broadband projects in Ohio. The office identifies high-priority initiatives and works to implement the goals of the state in expanding access to Ohioans who have been left without access to the modern economy, education system, and healthcare system due to their lack of high-speed connectivity. BroadbandOhio is a resource for local governments and private industry as they undergo their own expansion efforts.

BroadbandOhio is housed within the Ohio Department of Development.