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Public Adoption through Libraries (OPAL II): Every Citizen Online

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About Our Project:


Connect Ohio, a subsidiary of Connected Nation, is encouraging broadband adoption in Ohio by conducting training sessions at libraries, community colleges, and other anchor institutions throughout the state. The Every Citizen OnlineSM project deploys trainers statewide for instruction in the use and maintenance of computer components, Internet use, and practical applications of broadband access. Once users have completed training, they will receive a certification that will allow them to take advantage of special offers from local broadband service providers to subscribe to home broadband service. The project  incorporates an extensive statewide  public outreach campaign to raise awareness about training opportunities. These outreach efforts will utilize radio and television stations that provide programming for vulnerable populations, including Spanish-language stations, urban formats targeting African-Americans, stations reaching rural areas where lower-income citizens often reside, and stations with programming that targets an older demographic. Press releases, point-of-presence materials, and grass-roots outreach are included in the campaign.



This project is funded through a two-year grant of$6,856,399 from the U.S Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.



Our Mission:


OPAL II/Every Citizen OnlineSM also proposes to:



  • Train more than 200,000 residents over the life of the project, providing approximately 1.1 million hours of training to Ohio’s residents who currently do not subscribe to broadband service.
  • Upgrade as many as 317 public computer centers across the state, deploying approximately 2,000 new workstations for use in training 208,000 residents over the life of the project.
  • Implement an evaluation program that would measure broadband adoption in counties targeted by the project against counties in which no adoption efforts take place, helping to identify best practices and lessons-learned for future broadband adoption programs.



 Project Partners:



Tom Fritz

Connect Ohio

North 3rd Street, Suite 201

Columbus, OH  43215














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