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Broadband education grants awarded, give rural districts extra boost

Columbus Dispatch |

Tom Davis, president of the Appalachian Children’s Coalition, the advocacy organization that lobbied the state to waive the match requirement, said broadband is just one of the many chronic, generational challenges that southeastern Ohio faces.

The state awarded $7.2 million in grants to the 24 Appalachian counties served by the coalition; that’s 14% of the total funding for a region that has only 10% of the state’s population, according to data from the education department.

“That’s really significant,” Davis said, especially for a region as poverty-stricken and underserved as southeastern Ohio is.