2023 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.

Our Vision
To bring high-speed internet access to every Ohioan and build a best-in-class broadband network in Ohio.

Ohio Broadband Class

Click on the links below to view each week's meeting. 

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Community Accelerator Program 2023 Schedule and Syllabus

Orientation Week: Wednesday, August 16th Orientation Meeting: Introductions, Broadband 101
Week 1: Wednesday, August 23rd Vision Setting
Week 2: Wednesday, August 30th Community Communications - Speaker: David Kern, Defiance County Commissioner
Labor Day Week No Session
Week 3: Wednesday, September 13th Community Surveys - Speaker: Brian Butler, OSU Extension Learning and Organizational Development
Week 4: Wednesday, September 20th Mapping - Speaker: Christine Parker, Senior GIS Analyst with ILSR’s Community Broadband Networks Initiative
Week 5: Wednesday, September 27th Feasibility Studies Speaker: Steve Kristan, Broadband Coordinator for the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and Mark Ragozine - Eastgate Regional Conference of Governments
Week 6: Wednesday, October 4th Ownership & Partnership ModelsFederal & State Funding - Speakers: Peter Voderberg- Chief at BroadbandOhio and Teresa McCoy- OSU Extension Director of Learning and Organizational Development 
Columbus Day Week No Session
Week 7: Wednesday, October 18th Ownership & Partnership Models - Speakers: OARNet, https://www.oar.net/
Week 8: Wednesday, October 25th Local Funding - Speaker: Jay Bennett, contracted with Ohio’s Governor’s Office of Appalachia and Owner, Jay Bennett & Associates
Week 9: Wednesday, November 1st Community Presentations
Week 10: Wednesday, November 8th Final Week; One on One Technical Assistance with BroadbandOhio


Broadband Ohio Class Resources

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For more information, please visit Broadband Ohio