Ohio Broadband Accelerator Project

The BroadbandOhio Community Accelerator will be a collaborative effort by BroadbandOhio, Ohio State University Extension, Heartland Forward, and Benton Institute for Broadband & Society to help local governments throughout Ohio receive expert instruction and support as they prepare to leverage new dollars that will be made available by the State, as well as through the historic passage of the federal infrastructure program.

Ohio Broadband Class



Congratulations on being selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the BroadbandOhio Community Accelerator. Your team has been admitted to the program commencing June 15, 2022. This cohort brings diverse views from across our state to work together toward broadband expansion.

As your team’s manager, we ask that you coordinate the efforts of your team, as well as share this exciting news with each member. In the days to come, you’ll receive an informational memo, outlining the next steps for each team.

There will be an optional Q&A Session for admitted teams to meet with some of the instructional staff on June 10, 2022 at 9am. Please feel free to join us to understand the operation of Zoom, ask any pending questions you may have, etc.

Thank you very much, and I look forward to working with you in the weeks to come.

Ohio Department of Development

Dhruv Shah
Project Manager
Office of BroadbandOhio
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
614.466.3086 (office)
614.302.3447 (mobile)

Empowering Communities to Succeed.


OSU Extension Partners with BroadbandOhio’s Community Accelerator Program

In mid-June, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor John Husted, and Broadband Ohio announced that four teams will make up the first cohort of the BroadbandOhio Community Accelerator. This is a new program to help local communities plan and build capacity to improve their broadband infrastructure and access.

Many communities throughout the state do not have affordable access to high-speed internet, which is necessary to take full advantage of modern economic, education, and health care systems. More than $232 million in grants authorized by the Broadband Expansion Authority ultimately will help improve broadband internet service for about 230,000 Ohio residents in numerous counties.

The teams from Defiance, Shelby and Tuscarawas counties, as well as the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, will participate in a 15-week webinar class to help them learn how to identify broadband goals, access resources, and create a local strategic plan that can make the most of upcoming federal and state funding opportunities.

The BroadbandOhio Community Accelerator program is a collaborative effort between BroadbandOhio, Heartland Forward, the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society, and OSU Extension. Several OSU Extension community development educators will assist with this program. You can read the full press release online.