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Bill to expand broadband in Ohio dies at Statehouse; Husted eyes satellite technology

Céilí Doyle, The Columbus Dispatch (via |

After passing in the Ohio House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support in June, House Bill 13 — a piece of legislation that would have created the state’s first ever Residential Broadband Expansion Program — seemed destined to become law.

Except that it didn’t.

The $20 million it would have offered to internet providers across the state could have helped deliver access to the internet that nearly 1 million Ohioans lack. It would have given Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives an opportunity to provide internet as a service to its members.

But after a decisively inactive final session by the Ohio Senate on Tuesday, the bill quietly faded into obscurity.

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