COLUMBUS— State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) issued a statement today applauding the passage of House Bill (HB) 2, a long-held Democratic priority that would create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program, specifically designed to bring broadband access to unserved residential households in both rural and urban areas of the state. The bill funds $20 million in grants for this year.
“This bill will finally extend the reach of the internet across Ohio, and especially to rural areas as indicated on the map provided here. We learned in a very dramatic way during the COVID pandemic that easy and affordable access to the internet is an absolute necessity for households. When our schools moved to distance learning and many employees were able to work from home, reliable access to the internet became very important,” said Rep. Lightbody. “We will finally be able to increase the number of households across the state that have access to the internet at home. I applaud the passage of this bill, which was a long time coming,”
After clearing the House, HB 2 now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.