Closing the Digital Divide in Ohio
Expanding access to high-speed internet will provide more equitable opportunities for learning and strengthen the future workforce
Nearly a million Ohioans lack access to high-speed internet at home. Because they live in communities without modern infrastructure or local internet providers, these individuals cannot acquire broadband internet even if they desire it and have the means to pay for it. ReadyNation is concerned because this digital divide limits the opportunities available to children, families, and businesses across Ohio.
Ensuring students have the opportunity to practice digital skills is part of how we develop a job-ready workforce.
Mike Throne, Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
Closing the digital divide will require coordination among federal and state leaders, businesses, and other key stakeholders in the regions most affected. These efforts will only become more urgent with the increasing importance of internet access for learning and workforce development.