OVRDC and Reid Consulting Host Broadband Update 2022 Stakeholder Meeting
On Monday, January 31, 2022, regional stakeholders convened online to learn the preliminary findings on OVRDC’s Broadband Mapping Project, including the current state of broadband services, project funding support availability and advocacy efforts. Hosted by the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) and Reid Consulting Group, presenters included John Hemmings, OVRDC Executive Director, Peter Voderberg, Director of BroadbandOhio, and Tom Reid and Sean O’Malley from Reid Consulting.
The meeting opened with an overview of the project and why OVRDC thinks a Broadband Mapping Project is important for the region. The project was started with funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) CARES Act. Scroll down to watch the video of the live meeting in its entirety.
- Historical context and why broadband maps matter
- Review of the areas of greatest concern in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Fayette, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton Counties
- Preview of the latest, most up-to-date maps (maps will be available soon and added here)
- Review of the counties/areas that are well positioned and what we can learn from them
- Review of findings for the region, including:
- Business broadband demand
- Residential needs
- Total cost to serve the region
- Next steps, including ongoing local, state, and federal grant programs that can help better position the OVRDC Region for broadband expansion
- Q & A to wrap up
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