MIL-OSI USA: Brown Announces $750,000 to Bolster Broadband Access in Athens County


US Senate News:

Source: United States Senator for Ohio Sherrod Brown
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $750,000 grant to Athens County Commissioners for the Amesville, Ohio Broadband Project. The project will add 9.8 miles of fiber-optic network and contract an internet provider to offer broadband service to 124 households and 16 businesses. This improved service will enable remote learning, telehealth, and telework opportunities and expand economic investment in the county.
“By expanding access to broadband internet, we can make it easier for Ohioans to make a living, learn online, and keep in touch with loved ones,” said Brown. “Especially now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, connectivity is more important than ever. This new investment will help provide diverse opportunities to many in the Amesville community.”
In addition to the $750,000 grant from ARC, local funds will provide $216,320 to bring the total funding amount to $966,320.
ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government. It has a mission to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in the Appalachian region.