COLUMBUS – State Rep. Joe Miller (D-Amherst) announced Ohio schools may begin applying for the new BroadbandOhio Connectivity Grant beginning today, Monday, August 10. A total of $50 million will be allocated to expand high-speed internet access for Ohio students utilizing remote learning during the COVID crisis by providing hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students.
“As school districts continue preparing their plans to resume classes in the fall, one of the key issues that has been brought to my attention is the lack of broadband access in various parts of Ohio, should schools choose to remain virtual. Without broadband access, this puts many students at a learning disadvantage. We are pleased to see funding made available to close this inequity gap, which will provide our students with the broadband access needed to continue effectively learning from home while also continuing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Rep. Miller.
Purchases made since July 1 of this year are eligible for support from the Connectivity Grant program. The application period closes Friday, August 21. Schools may apply for this grant opportunity at https://ohio-k12.help/broadbandohio-connectivity-grant/.