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.