WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $132,500 grant to the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments in Youngstown to conduct a broadband feasibility study. This study will help attract businesses and entrepreneurs to the region and modernize existing infrastructure. This project will help implement solutions to address the lack of affordable broadband in rural areas as well as the lack of access to high-speed broadband in urban areas.

“Many Ohioans, and particularly those who live in low-income areas, are too often at an economic and educational disadvantage due to little or no access to reliable broadband internet service. This project will help us begin to address those disparities in the Mahoning Valley,” said Brown. “Now couldn’t be a better time to address broadband access in Ohio, when so many schools are will begin their school years with e-learning in place.”

This year, Brown introduced legislation to ensure that Ohioans have reliable broadband internet during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project is funded under the Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC) program, through which EDA will award funds on a competitive basis to assist communities severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development, and re-employment opportunities.