Reliable Internet

Right now, 300,000 rural Ohio households and 88,500 businesses do not have access to broadband internet. This slows economic development and limits employment opportunities. 

Only 58% of Appalachian Ohioans have access to broadband internet. This includes hospitals and schools.

Joe is working with Republicans and Democrats to make progress on issues like this one, which shouldn't be political. He recently announced a new bipartisan bill to bring reliable broadband internet to more Ohio homes and businesses. 

Right now, 300,000 rural Ohio households and 88,500 businesses do not have access to broadband internet. This slows economic development and limits employment opportunities.

Only 58% of Appalachian Ohioans have access to broadband internet. This includes hospitals and schools.

Joe is working with Republicans and Democrats to make progress on issues like this one, which shouldn’t be political. He recently announced a new bipartisan bill to bring reliable broadband internet to more Ohio homes and businesses.

How the Broadband Bill Works
Joe’s bill is a grant program based on a program in Minnesota. It’s so popular in Minnesota that Republican legislators there just voted to increase its funding to bring reliable internet to more Minnesotans.

The bill would use available bond money to create a grant program for groups interested in expanding broadband internet to underserved areas. It would give about 14,000 more Ohioans access to reliable internet each year.

Grants would be administered through the Developmental Services Agency (DSA).

  • Preference is shown to applicants who offer creative ways to stretch dollars and help as many people as possible.
  • Preference also shown to applicants who would expand broadband to vital services such as schools, hospitals, police and fire departments, etc.
  • The program is careful to avoid any possible duplicate future projects in nearby areas.

And we know how to pay for it.

  • We would pay for this bill using Third Frontier development bonds
  • These bonds must be spent on 1.) infrastructure or 2.) research and development meant to keep Ohio up to date. That’s exactly what this bill does!

Ohio needs this bill.

  • Many of Ohio’s government services – including job search sites – operate online. But a lot of Ohio residents can’t access internet fast enough to use these services.
  • Many rural Ohio hospitals and medical providers are still operating without 21st century internet. This is unacceptable.
  • Four out of every five Ohio children are expected to do school work online. Many are not able to do so.

Thanks to Joe’s efforts to bring people together, Republicans and Democrats are working as a team to bring reliable internet to more Ohioans and help our businesses grow and thrive for years to come.

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