Southeast Ohio Receives ARC Grant to Study Broadband Expansion

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MCARTHUR, Ohio — The Appalachian Regional Commission has awarded a grant to study broadband internet expansion in two southeast Ohio counties.

Vinton County Commissioners received $49,000 from the ARC for the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Project.

Vinton and Meigs County will conduct a broadband feasibility study looking into creating the necessary infrastructure needed for a high-speed internet expansion in the region.

The study will concentrate on a complete inventory of existing assets, the development of a partner plan, a model for network design, and an analysis of fiber and tower costs.

The grant was part of the latest round of ARC’s POWER initiative, which has awarded more than $120 million to 309 Appalachian Counties affected by job losses in the coal industry since its inception.