Connected Nation, Inc.
Connect Ohio, a subsidiary of Connected Nation, proposes to encourage broadband adoption in Ohio by conducting training sessions at libraries, community colleges, and other anchor institutions throughout the state. The OPAL II project intends to deploy 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 plans to conduct an extensive statewide advertising 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.