EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and other officials visited the East Cleveland City School District Wednesday morning to make an announcement regarding the launch of a broadband expansion project.
He said too many Ohioans do not have access to the internet, but that will soon change.
Gov. DeWine said they’ll start the project with 1,000 families, then eventually 2,000. According to a press release, families will pay $15 a month for internet speeds of 50 Mbps for download and 10 Mpbs for upload, which is said to be twice the minimum federal definition of high-speed internet.
“The first antenna tower has been activated on the roof of Mayfair Elementary School. Additional tower sites will go live over the course of the coming months to increase service to the areas of the pilot program,” the release states.
The project was developed through a public-private partnership promoted by BroadbandOhio.
BroadbandOhio was launched in March of 2020 to expand high-speed internet in underserved communities.
East Cleveland was one of several school districts in Ohio whose families were challenged by working from home due to a lack of internet and other resources.
PCs for People was at the event too. The group refurbishes donated electronics for low-income people and communities.