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Eastgate Regional Council of Governments awarded $132K for broadband study

"Now couldn’t be a better time to address broadband access in Ohio, when so many schools will begin their school years with e-learning in place,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said.
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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown during a November 2019 interview with Mahoning Matters.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded a $132,500 grant to the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments in Youngstown to conduct a broadband feasibility study.

The project will help implement solutions to address the lack of affordable broadband in rural areas as well as the lack of access to high-speed broadband in urban areas, according to a news release.

“Many Ohioans, and particularly those who live in low-income areas, are too often at an economic and educational disadvantage due to little or no access to reliable broadband internet service,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in the release. “This project will help us begin to address those disparities in the Mahoning Valley. Now couldn’t be a better time to address broadband access in Ohio, when so many schools will begin their school years with e-learning in place.”

This year, Brown introduced legislation to ensure that Ohioans have reliable broadband internet during the COVID-19 pandemic.