(DAYTON, Ohio)—Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of InnovateOhio, today joined state and local leaders in the city of Dayton to announce a broadband expansion project that, once complete, will provide high-speed internet to three community recreation centers. The announcement was part of Lt. Governor Husted’s Next Generation Jobs Tour, which is aimed at highlighting Ohio's in-demand jobs and programs the state has created to support economic growth.
The state of Ohio, through the Office of BroadbandOhio, has allocated $250,000 in funding for the initiative. The funding will go towards the infrastructure necessary to create Wi-Fi systems at the following community recreation centers: Greater Dayton Recreation Center, the Lohrey Recreation Center, and the Northwest Recreation Center. These community recreation centers are open to the public and are free to enter.
“You cannot be a part of the modern economy without access to high-speed internet,” said Lt. Governor Husted. "This administration has continued to close the digital divide in Ohio’s rural and suburban areas, and here in our urban areas. This project will give people in the community a place to go to access online services for completing job applications, finishing homework, or taking classes."
The Rec Centers provide a safe space for students after school as well as numerous programs for children and adults alike. This new infrastructure will enable people in these facilities to connect to the internet on their own devices and allow the rec centers to offer programs that help teach digital skills.
“BroadbandOhio and the Department of Development continue to advance the vision of this administration in making sure that every Ohioan has access to high-speed internet regardless of where they live," said Ohio Department of Development Director Lydia Mihalik. “Today’s announcement highlights one of the many approaches BroadbandOhio is taking to fill gaps in coverage and improve connectivity.”
This project will allow the City of Dayton Department of Recreation to offer visitors Wi-Fi access to use their own electronic devices, create education resources for students using laptops, and provide educational support for afterschool and summer camp programming.
Today’s announcement represents another broadband expansion project that builds upon the DeWine-Husted Administration’s efforts to expand and enhance broadband connectivity for families and businesses throughout Ohio.