ESC receives broadband grant


Grant will expand access around ESC buildings

NEW BOSTON — The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center is taking part in a statewide broadband grant opportunity to increase public Wi-Fi infrastructure and provide public hotspot areas around the outside of its buildings located in New Boston, Ohio.

“We are excited to be able to provide our local community with a couple of locations where they can pull up and connect at no cost,” said Evan Mercer, SCOESC director of technology.

On July 28, 2020, Lt. Governor Jon Husted shared the state’s plan to expand broadband services in Ohio. The Lt. Governor announced that the state will set aside $50 million of state funding through the federal CARES Act to provide hotspots and internet-enabled devices to students for purchases made between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2020.

At the SCOESC in New Boston, there will be areas within range of the new public Wi-Fi in the front and on the parking side on Glenwood Avenue. There will also be areas of connectivity all the way around the ESC Business Center on Rhodes Avenue in New Boston.

“This will allow students who are learning remotely to have alternative option to get online to check-in with their teachers, submit homework and more if they are lacking connectivity in the home,” During times like this, it’s critical that we do everything we can to assist our educators and students with all of the tools they may need to stay connected and have opportunities,” Mercer said.

Grant will expand access around ESC buildings

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