State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) 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.
“My vote for this bill is a promise kept for the people of Ohio, and I am pleased to see it finally become law. Just as electricity was a necessity last century, access to the internet is vital in this century,” said Rep. Hicks-Hudson.
Currently, 300,000 households representing an estimated one million Ohioans lack access to reliable high-speed internet.