Dr. Bill Dingus is the director of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce in Southern Ohio. Dr. Dingus knows about not having
access to high speed internet. He doesn't have it in his own home.
Dr. Dingus says, "I'm like a lot of people and I only live 4 miles outside of Huntington, WV."
Now, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has signed an executive order establishing the Ohio Broadband Council and the Broadband Ohio Network.
The order directs the Ohio Broadband Council to coordinate efforts to extend access to the Broadband Ohio Network to every county in Ohio.
That's 88 counties in all!
Check out the Governor's website and you'll find this:
"Ohio's economic future relies on our ability to compete in a high-speed, high-tech global marketplace," Strickland said. "The Ohio Broadband Council will partner with the public and private sectors to help make sure that every Ohioan has viable access to affordable, high-speed internet service, regardless of where they live, work or learn."
"This is the first step in bridging the digital divide in Ohio, and I look forward to working with industry providers, businesses and our local communities to take additional steps to provide superior broadband access to all of Ohio's 88 counties," Strickland said.
Dr. Dingus says his office has received calls from individuals looking to rent homes in Lawrence County, with one of the only requirements being access to high speed internet to be do work from home.
Governor Strickland who is from Appalachian Ohio, hopes the expansion of broadband access will help places like Appalachia latch onto the knowledge based economy.