State Rep. Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) 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.
“I am proud to vote for the final passage of this bill that will expand broadband service to Ohioans so they can easily access this vital modern utility. Just as access to affordable electricity was a fundamental leap forward for people in the 20th Century, this legislation will provide opportunities for families to work, live and progress in places where broadband has not been available,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.
After clearing the House, HB 2 now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.