COLUMBUS— State Rep. Jeffrey A. Crossman (D-Parma) 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.
“We have seen over the last year the incredible disparity that exists in some communities when it comes to access to the internet. This bill will help bring broadband to underserved communities and allow us to narrow the access gap. Now more than ever, everyone needs access to the economic and educational opportunities that broadband service provides,” said Rep. Crossman. “There is much more we can do to invest in the people of Ohio to unleash their potential, and this is just the start.”
After clearing the House, HB 2 now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.