Mar 22, 2022 - News

Broadband expansion project to benefit Franklin Co. homes

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Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

A broadband expansion project is expected to benefit the pockets of Franklin County lacking reliable internet connection, Gov. Mike DeWine recently announced.

Why it matters: While most of Ohio's broadband internet needs are in rural areas, there are still some urban spots in Columbus and other metros with shoddy coverage.

  • The pandemic has accelerated the push for wider internet access to contribute towards jobs, healthcare and education.

What's happening: State and federal dollars are funding grants to expand internet provider's service in all corners of Ohio.

  • The latest batch of projects announced by DeWine will invest $232 million to make internet available for nearly 100,000 households in dozens of Ohio counties.
  • The biggest local area targeted is in south Columbus, bordering Pickaway County.
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