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Governor pushes for high-speed Internet in Ohio

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The Dispatch wrote Governor pushes for high-speed Internet

Friday, April 25, 2008

BY MARK NIQUETTE

Strickland spoke yesterday in Columbus at the first of six events planned nationwide by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the nonprofit Connected Nation to promote the importance of broadband access.

The first step in Ohio has been to map where the coverage gaps exist in the state, and the initial map is expected to be completed by June 27, said Brent Legg of Connect Ohio.

The plan also calls for setting up “e-community leadership teams” in all 88 counties to develop customized plans for broad-band service and helping residents who can’t afford computers or access get connected.

The idea is to show the demand for high-speed Internet access to encourage providers to offer it, as well as to educate residents who aren’t taking advantage of the educational and job opportunities that broadband can provide.

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