Ohio



State broadband website(s):

BroadbandOhio: Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency (Development), state office dedicated to enhancing broadband-related activity within the state.



Connect Ohio: Subsidiary of the non-profit Connected Nation, and another state entity focused on coordinating state-level broadband mapping initiatives.

State broadband contact(s):

Peter Voderberg | Chief | BroadbandOhio | peter.voderberg@development.ohio.gov | (614) 387-2114
Tina Lyden | Executive Director | Connected Nation of Ohio | tlyden@connectednation.org | 
Andrew Smith | Board Secretary & Policy | InnovateOhio | andrew.smith@innovate.ohio.gov | 

State broadband coordinator:

BroadbandOhio: Division of the Ohio Development Services Agency (Development), state office dedicated to enhancing broadband-related activity within the state.



Connect Ohio: Subsidiary of the non-profit Connected Nation, and another state entity focused on coordinating state-level broadband mapping initiatives.

Broadband programs:

Connect Ohio: Served as the state’s sole repository for broadband efforts from 2008 and funded through a state appropriation until June 30, 2017.



BroadbandOhio: Established in February 2020 as a division of Development.



Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet): Network providing connections to 10 major cities, 90 colleges and universities, numerous data centers and application service providers to support education, research and government efforts. In 2012, Ohio invested $13.1 million in upgrades to increase the capacity of the network tenfold to 100 Gbps.



Ohio Broadband Strategy: Statewide strategy, result of 2019 InnovateOhio and the Ohio Department of Transportation Request for Information to better understand how best to utilize state assets to expand broadband coverage throughout the state. Report issued in September 2019, outlined the need for a statewide broadband strategy, released in December 2019.

Funding for broadband:

BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grants

State broadband plan:

The Ohio Broadband Strategy

State information is gathered by BroadbandUSA using publically available sources (e.g. state websites). The information is validated by the points-of-contact at each state-level agency(-ies). This information was last updated Summer 2018. The information is reviewed and updated periodically.