State Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) announced that House Bill (HB) 2, a long-held Democratic priority that creates the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program, was signed into law. The program is 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.
“As a longtime proponent of securing broadband access for all Ohioans, I am so pleased House Bill 2 has become law. While HB 2 won’t solve access issues immediately, it is a huge step in the right direction. I am a proud cosponsor of this legislation because now more than ever, access to broadband service is a vital part of Ohio’s promise to create better lives and brighter futures for its citizens,” said Rep. O’Brien.
Currently, 300,000 households representing an estimated one million Ohioans lack access to reliable high-speed internet.