State to research broadband access

WARREN — The state plans to study access to broadband Internet access in Ohio, according to a news release from the Ohio Development Services Agency.

The Third Frontier Commission, a division of the agency that works with startup companies in the state, awarded a $905,000 grant to Connect Ohio Initiatives LLC to research the topic.

Many people in Ohio have few or poor options when it comes to connecting to the Internet, something the federal government considers infrastructure, the release states.

The company will collect data from existing providers, creating maps to show availability, conducting access surveys and facilitate “local technology planning,” the release states.