In 2017 a grassroots collection of citizen leaders from around the county recognized the greatest threat to Franklin county’s future success was the current state of inadequate broadband infrastructure. At the time, there was no plan to upgrade it to future, or even current FCC standards.
A county-wide study was needed to assess existing assets (Who was connected? Who was not?) and provide high-level costs to upgrade the entire county to a functioning standard. The Opportunity Center of North Franklin County was successful with grants from the state and county. Eventually, through their extensive outreach and education, all twenty-two towns in our region plus the 15 townships contributed to help underwrite the study. You can read the original study below.
In May of 2022, the regional broadband planning study was updated to reflect changes in assets since 2018. You can read the updated study here.
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