Sometimes it feels like small town Ohio is being left behind and forgotten. In order to bring jobs to these communities, they need broadband. ○

Broadband4Ohio

In a digital age, rural Ohioans are being left behind.

Almost 40% of rural Americans (around 23 million people) do not have access to broadband in their homes. According to staff of the Joint Economic Committee in a report on America’s Digital Divide, the majority of rural residents do not have access to broadband in 15 states.

 

Interviews

  

We sat down with former mayor of Crooksville, Ohio, Fred Redfern, to discuss the challenges that rural communities face due to lack of broadband access, especially as regards the education system.

 

 

    

 

We sat down with former mayor of Crooksville, Ohio, Fred Redfern, to discuss the challenges that rural communities face due to lack of broadband access, especially as regards the education system.

 

When small towns and rural communities don't have access to adequate broadband, small businesses suffer. We spoke with John Clark, owner of Clark's Market, to find out how lack of broadband has impacted him and his business.  

 

 

We interviewed Michelle Wright (a local mom) and Melissa Marolt (Director, Perry County District Library) talking about how broadband impacts them. Check out what they have to say! 

 

 

 


Town Halls

 

Approximately 88.2% of rural counties in the U.S. are considered medically underserved. Rural and small town American's face greater health challenges than those living in urban and suburban areas with greater access to resources. One of these resources is broadband. Without adequate broadband, necessary hospital equipment such as heart monitors, MRIs, X-Rays, and EMS services cannot properly function. Additionally, telehealth is virtually impossible. Bringing broadband to rural residents is very literally life and death. Join us as we discuss health and broadband with healthcare professionals in Telemedicine, Telehealth, and Mental Health.

 

 

 

 

Broadband is often 1) extremely expensive or 2) impossible to get because there aren't any providers close enough to your home. If it is somehow affordable and close enough, the quality is so bad it's like having no broadband at all! Without internet, kids can hardly do their homework anymore. If they can't do their homework then they fall behind, and ultimately our kids suffer for something they can't control. Join us as we discuss how lack of broadband is impacting education in rural and small town Ohio, and what has to be done to change it.

 

 

Rural communities and small towns are the heart of Ohio. Sometimes it feels like they are being left behind and forgotten. In order to bring jobs to these communities, they need broadband. Small businesses need internet for customers to pay with credit cards, to promote themselves on places like Facebook, to have a website, and to do things like payroll. Without these things, it's very difficult for them to grow. Join us as we discuss how lack of broadband is impacting economic development in rural and small town Ohio, and what has to be done to change it.

 

 

 


Download and Use the TestIT App

With the TestIT app, you can test your internet speed in your home, at the grocery store, wherever you are! Using the app helps us to build a map of broadband access across Perry County. With the push of a button, you will be part of the solution.

After you’ve tested your broadband, screenshot your results and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #Broadband4Ohio to share your results!

Download the TestIT app here: APPLE STORE  ///  GOOGLE PLAY

 

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  • Sarah O'Donnell
    published this page in Initiatives 2020-08-21 12:48:43 -0400