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Rep. Miranda statement as House passes bill to expand broadband access to underserved Ohioans

February 18, 2021
Jessica E. Miranda News

State Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) today applauded the Ohio House 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.

“I’m thrilled that the House passed Democratic-priority legislation to expand access to broadband to Ohioans most in need. This investment is essential during normal times, and it is even more necessary during a pandemic,” said Rep. Miranda. “Now, more Ohioans can obtain access no matter where they live across our state, students can log into class and do their homework after hours, and those in need of telehealth won’t go without life-saving care. By increasing pathways to education, jobs and healthcare, our economy can begin to build back better than before.”

HB 2 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

Click here to see a copy of the Broadband Expansion Priority Areas Investment Map.