Information from the Ohio Department of Development Regarding High-Speed Internet Access

The State of Ohio is working to make sure every Ohioan has access to high-speed internet. We need your help!

We want to improve newly released federal maps showing internet availability and speed in Ohio. From now through Jan. 13, 2023, you can help provide crucial feedback to the federal government that will ensure Ohio receives as much support as possible to expand high-speed internet.

You can help spread the word to all in your community and throughout the state in multiple ways:

  1. Check the reported availability of internet at your home address by going to broadbandmap.fcc.gov. If the provider information should be updated, submit a challenge to dispute the information presented. If you need a step-by-step guide, you can find an informational video at this link. Please complete this assessment by Jan. 13, 2023.
  2. Share this message with your friends and family! If they do not have high-speed internet available at their homes, help them complete Step 1.

Note: If you, or anyone you know, needs help reviewing the Ohio information in the federal map or submitting a challenge against the reporting, you can follow this step-by-step guide at link. You may also reach out to your local library branch.

Note: Within 60 days of submitting a challenge, an Internet Provider may reach out to you by phone or email to gather additional information about your internet situation.For answers to any questions, contact us at [email protected].

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FAQs

When you say broadband or high-speed internet at my home, what do you mean?

We mean internet service with speeds of at least 25 Mbps download, and 3 Mbps upload an internet service provider (ISP) provides to a fixed location (either your home or small business) typically for a monthly fee. Members of your home then share that internet connection, typically via a private Wi-Fi network which you set up using equipment provided by your ISP or purchased separately.

I have trouble with cell phone service. Is that what you’re asking Ohioans to help with?

We are not currently focused on cell phone service and mobile coverage. Note, there are some providers offering both service to your home (fixed) and cell phone service (mobile). We are focusing on the internet service provided to homes or small businesses.

Why do we need to do this by January 13, 2023?

Funding for broadband is part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which passed in November 2021. The funding for states will be allocated based on the next version of the FCC maps which are expected in the spring of 2023. In order to make improvements to the spring version of the maps, we need to have challenge information submitted by January 13, 2023.

Additional FAQs are available from the FCC at this link.

You can find more information about the work BroadbandOhio is leading here at

broadband.ohio.gov

https://[email protected] Source: Ohio Department of Development
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