Advocating For Better Internet Service In Appalachian Ohio

Advocating For Better Internet Service In Appalachian Ohio

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Hunter P. started this petition to Governor Mike DeWine and

 In December 2020, the U.S. Senate denied the passing of the "Residential Broadband Expansion Program", or "House Bill 13" as it's better known. This bill was aimed at providing $20 million worth of grants to offset the construction costs of implementing high-speed internet to Ohio's unserved populations. Unsurprisingly, these counties are mainly in the Appalachian areas of Ohio. Areas such as Athens, Gallia, Jackson, and Meigs counties are almost always at the end of the list when receiving the benefits that the rest of the state has. These counties have gone years without reliable access to the internet, and are now suffering more than ever without reliable access.

 Currently, 29.7% of Ohioans either have slow internet speeds or do not have access to the internet at all. Without this access, many people are beginning to feel disconnected from the rest of the world, as nowadays, even basic communication is moving more and more into the digital world.

 If someone wants a job, there's a good chance they're going to have a better opportunity of getting it online rather than meeting in person, and many would agree that everyone should have equal chances in that sense. Not only do they have a better chance, but a good portion of jobs are almost done entirely online now due to the influence of Covid-19, but it doesn't stop at jobs; education and socialization also play a major factor in this. Students who don't have access to the internet are often left behind, as they don't have the same opportunities to interact with their peers and teachers. Not only will they lack sufficient help if they need it, but they'll also lack the socialization many children need to live a healthy lifestyle. 

 However, as all things go, it won't happen quickly. Maybe not in a few months or a year from now, but this is a start. A start to bring the rest of the state from this seclusion and keep it updated with the world and its news. The voices of the people need to be heard!

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