Ohio



State broadband website(s):

Ohio does not have an office dedicated to broadband-related activity.

State broadband contact(s):

Since 2008, Connect Ohio served as the state’s single, comprehensive broadband repository. Ohio continued to fund the Connect Ohio program through direct appropriation through June 30, 2017. There is no current funding for Connect Ohio. In 2012, Ohio invested $13.1 million in upgrades to increase OARnet network capacity tenfold to 100 Gbps. The enhanced network provides connections to 10 major cities, 90 colleges and universities, numerous data centers and application service providers that serve education, research and government and Internet2’s research and education network. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $6.8 million under a 2015 TIGER VII grant program to the Ohio Department of Transportation for its Transit Tech Ohio Project.  Ohio has used these funds to upgrade scheduling/dispatching ITS software/hardware to a statewide minimum specification with a secondary goal to expand broadband into areas of the state with insufficient broadband access that can support upgraded technology.

State broadband coordinator:

Ohio does not have an office dedicated to broadband-related activity.

Broadband programs:

Since 2008, Connect Ohio served as the state’s single, comprehensive broadband repository. Ohio continued to fund the Connect Ohio program through direct appropriation through June 30, 2017. There is no current funding for Connect Ohio. In 2012, Ohio invested $13.1 million in upgrades to increase OARnet network capacity tenfold to 100 Gbps. The enhanced network provides connections to 10 major cities, 90 colleges and universities, numerous data centers and application service providers that serve education, research and government and Internet2’s research and education network. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $6.8 million under a 2015 TIGER VII grant program to the Ohio Department of Transportation for its Transit Tech Ohio Project.  Ohio has used these funds to upgrade scheduling/dispatching ITS software/hardware to a statewide minimum specification with a secondary goal to expand broadband into areas of the state with insufficient broadband access that can support upgraded technology.

Funding for broadband:

Ohio does not have any dedicated funding sources for broadband activities.

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.