Gov. DeWine signs broadband expansion bill into law

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a broadband expansion bill into law Monday, paving the way for a grant program that could help southeast Ohio develop critical broadband infrastructure, local state representatives say.

House Bill 2 will create the Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Grant Program to receive and review applications by telecommunication providers under the Ohio Development Services Agency to support the financing of broadband expansion projects in communities across the state, a release said.

The grant program will be used to fund “last mile” broadband construction – the last portion of a physical broadband network that connects an area to the broader network, The Logan Daily News reported.

Read more about this crucial bill at the Athens Messenger website: