Ohio lawmakers must make broadband a priority

Youngstown VIndicator, June 18


Ohio lawmakers are debating the state’s biennial budget that not only determines where Ohio’s money is spent, but sends a clear sign of the state’s priorities.

That’s why it’s critical the Ohio budget includes investment in broadband infrastructure. Access to high-speed internet is crucial for Ohio’s economic growth and development.

The past few years have highlighted the critical need for reliable and fast internet connectivity. Unfortunately, many rural and low-income areas of Ohio lack access to high-speed internet, hindering their ability to fully participate in the digital economy.

By investing in broadband infrastructure, the Ohio government can ensure that all Ohioans have access to the internet, regardless of where they live or their financial situation. This investment also would create jobs in the broadband industry, helping to spur economic growth and development.

Furthermore, broadband access is necessary for health care, remote learning and telecommuting, among other things. With a robust and reliable broadband infrastructure, Ohioans can access telehealth services, allowing for remote consultations with health care providers. This is especially important for those who live in rural areas, where access to health care may be limited.

Overall, myself, and Broadband Access Ohio, urge the Ohio government to commit to broadband infrastructure investment in the upcoming budget. Doing so would have a positive impact on Ohio’s economy, education and health care, ensuring all Ohioans have access to the internet and opportunities that come with it. It also signals to those looking at our state that Ohio is not only ready to step into the digital world, but ready to lead it.



Broadband Access Ohio