Ohio House OK's Rural Internet Bill

posted by iHeart Media News State Bureau - 


Broadband internet is causing a divide in Ohio. That from State Representative Jack Cera, an eastern Ohio Democrat.


The bill the Ohio House of Representatives has passed would create a 100-million dollar grant program over the next couple of years to help build-out wired and wireless internet access to rural Ohio. It's meant to help winnow down the number of people in Ohio with no access to the internet. That's estimated to be over a million, right now.


State Representative Ryan Smith of Lawrence County says the bill is designed to provide high speed internet services much like how electric co-ops and water boards were formed decades ago.


The bill now heads to the Ohio Senate.

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