Greene County Approves $9.6 Million Broadband Internet Expansion

Allocating ARPA dollars to reach rural communities was a “unique opportunity,” Commissioner Dick Gould said.

“When it really started with the pandemic, we thought, ‘We have to do something to get better broadband,’ Gould said. “Kids are trying to get to school during the pandemic. to the farming community. People don’t realize that farming uses an enormous amount of data. Also, with Wright-Patt and related tech companies, anyone in the county can now work remotely from their residence.

The original concept for the expansion was to have a hybrid wired and wireless broadband system. However, this expansion will bring broadband directly to thousands of homes, businesses, schools and hospitals.

“Wherever you go in Greene County, you will have access to state-of-the-art broadband,” he said. “We will have the technology to rival any county in the country.”

The download speeds available under this project range from 25 megabits to 1 gigabit per second. Adequate broadband is 25 megabits per second for file downloads and three megabits per second for file uploads, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Residents will be notified which neighborhoods will be served with broadband access at what time via the Greene County Department of Development website.

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