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Connect Ohio is a public-private partnership that partners with technology-minded businesses, government entities and universities to accelerate technology in the state and close the digital divide.
Connect Ohio is a comprehensive initiative that will blanket Ohio with broadband Internet access and dramatically improve the use of related technology. The program is the result of a partnership between the State of Ohio and Connected Nation, a national non-profit organization that specializes in increasing technology access and literacy.
Last time I checked with Verizon and Time Warner (abt 6 months ago) both companies informed me that they had no future plans to upgrade or service my area.
Maybe this initiate will help. I don't know how much I can get involved since I am not a large business, government or university, but maybe I can at least have someone else to cry to!
There was an article publised in the Columbus Dispatch but I could not locate a link online.
(Gov.) Strickland, who grew up in rural Scioto County in a home without electricy for a time, compared the effort to make broadband available to all Ohioans in the century to the move to wire all homes for electricy during the last century.
"This will changed people's lives for the better," Strickland said.
Not sure if I can post this link, but you can find more info at connectoh.org.