This effort will help guide broadband expansion efforts
COLUMBUS – Ohio Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted announced Tuesday that BroadbandOhio has released a new map resource tool on its website that more accurately shows how many households in the state are connected to high-speed internet, providing a clearer and more detailed picture of Ohio’s broadband availability gaps.
A statewide map and profiles for each of the 88 counties are available at Broadband.Ohio.Gov.Broadband Maps.
The cards use Ookla Speedtest Intelligence field recordings over a 15-month period to measure four different internet speeds: under 10 Mbps; less than 25 Mbps; less than 50 Mbps; and 50-100 more Mbps.
The study found that for Lawrence County, 61% of the populated area and 21% of households do not have access to a minimum of 25/3 Mbps. Of the county’s 442 square miles of populated area, 29 square miles were found to be underserved for broadband, with 5,831 of its 27,663 households below the minimum. It was also found that 62% of households are below 10/1 Mbps.
Service was found best in the most populated parts of the county along the Ohio River and US 52, the northern parts of the county along State Routes 93 and 141 in red, representing the lowest coverage.
While the FCC 477 Cards FCC Fixed Broadband Deployment Data only uses data reported by Internet Service Providers, this new card uses real and field speed test information from actual Internet customers to determine where there are gaps in coverage. . The new maps will be used in addition to other data currently available, helping to provide BroadbandOhio with more information; Citizens of Ohio; local, state and federal officials; Internet service providers; and other stakeholders.
“As Governor Mike DeWine and I continue to work to expand broadband so that every Ohioan can be a part of the modern economy, health care system, and education system, it’s critical to understand where the gaps are. “, said Husted. “The new map resource launched today is based on customer data and will help us better determine where we need to focus our funding, attention and efforts.”
The county broadband profile maps created for each of the 88 counties will be useful as local governments consider the use of different funding resources and public-private partnership opportunities to help close connectivity gaps in their area. Better representation of Ohio’s broadband landscape will also help when applying for state and federal grants.
“These maps bring us closer to solving the digital divide in Ohio,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “The additional details will help us target the areas most in need of connecting all Ohioans with critical resources, new economic opportunities, and improved quality of life.”