Senate passes bill expanding
broadband access in Ohio
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program, which would increase access to broadband services in underserved areas of state.
Senate President Matt Huffman announced the passage of Senate Bill 8 on Friday. It will now now be sent to the Ohio House for consideration.
“Broadband internet access is an essential infrastructure,” said Huffman. “Improved access, especially in the rural areas of Ohio, will ensure our schools and businesses remain responsive to the demands of an increasingly technical world.”
Nearly one million Ohioans lack access to high speed internet, leaving many underserved areas at a significant disadvantage in the modern era. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted just how crucial access to high speed internet is, as these areas struggled to access services like education and telemedicine as they transitioned online.