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Federal investment to fund study to expand broadband in rural communities

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Published: Oct. 22, 2018 at 6:04 PM EDT
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The Buckeye Hills Regional Council received some federal funding from Senator Sherrod Brown's office to help fund a study to expand broadband service in the region.

The study will cover rural areas from Groveport to Belpre.

Officials say this will help them identify assets needed in those regions to bring in broadband service.

"A lot of communities don't have broadband. It's a part of our ongoing discussion as we try to assist communities," Buckeye Hills development director Bret Allphin said. "So this study will help us identify assets, you know vertical assets, towers, antennas, existing providers, existing fiber, existing conduit and other assets that are already out there and deployed that we may be able to capitalize on quickly to entice a private provider to provide some broadband service to rural communities."

Officials say the study will take about nine months to complete.