WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $400,000 grant to the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District (SOLSD) in Woodsfield for the Switzerland of Ohio Phase II Telehealth Broadband Expansion Program. These funds will be used to install wireless radios on vertical assets that will provide internet access to 18 businesses and 577 households in Monroe County.

“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 Monroe County,” said Brown. “Now couldn’t be a better time to address broadband access in Ohio, when so many schools are teaching with e-learning in place.”

Additional funding will be provided by the State of Ohio, bringing the total project funding to $500,000.

ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government with the mission to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in the Appalachian region.