Broadband Lake-to-River Backbone Fiber Expansion

Broadband Study and Proposal

The Eastgate Regional Council of Governments conducted a Regional Broadband Feasibility Study to evaluate Broadband Internet Service throughout Ashtabula, Trumbull, and Mahoning Counties.

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Broadband Study Kickoff Livestream - Tuesday, June 29th at 1:30pm

State Route 11 Engineering Analysis

Eastgate is advancing the Regional Broadband Feasibility Study recommendation to deliver robust communications infrastructure to the region. The end goal is to bring reliable, high-speed broadband internet access to residents, businesses, and key project stakeholders in the region and eliminate the current digital divide.

This implementation plan builds upon the feasibility study and facilitates a plan for the build-out of an open-access middle-mile fiber optic cable backbone within Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties. This middle-mile network will be constructed along State Route 11 (SR-11) utilizing the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) right-of-way (ROW) from the approximate limits of Lake Erie (Ashtabula County) to the Ohio River (Columbiana County).

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Broadband News

Eastgate Hosts Ohio Lt. Gov. Husted for presentation on Broadband Feasibility Study


Eastgate Executive Director giving speech

Thursday, June 24, 2021, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments presented points from the Broadband Feasibility Study to Lt. Gov. Jon Husted in order to garner support from the state government for the project.

The presentation focused on the benefits to the populations that would be served by the fiber expansion, including rural areas of Ashtabula, Trumbull and Mahoning Counties currently receiving no coverage, as well as areas that do have coverage but are hindered by high costs.

"The idea of a broadband backbone will fill in the gaps in the underserved areas, while providing high speed internet to the entire region," says Eastgate Executive Director Jim Kinnick.

The main benefits outlined to Husted are:

  • Digital Equity and Inclusion
  • Economic Growth and Prosperity
  • Public Safety
  • Government Services

Echoing Kinnick’s remarks, Eastgate’s Broadband Coordinator Steve Kristan explains, “It’s not that they don’t have connections today, but it may be slow or expensive,” addressing how the expansion can help those in areas that already have broadband coverage.

The proposed fiber expansion is planned to span the three counties, with potential for fiber to run through Columbiana County as well, connecting Lake Erie to the Ohio River. The project is estimated to cost between $12 million and $15 million, depending on whether Columbiana is included.

The study, which can be found here, was prepared by Ice Miller Whiteboard and ms consultants.

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