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 Awarded for Broadband Study at National Conference


Eastgate is proud to announce that we were recognized by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) with a Medium Metro Achievement Award for our 2021 Eastgate Regional Broadband Feasibility Study. NARC held their annual conference in Columbus this year, and Eastgate’s Director of Planning & Development, Joann Esenwein was in attendance to collect the award. The broadband feasibility study is the result of a collaborative regional effort between each of the region’s three counties (Ashtabula, Mahoning, & Trumbull) & Eastgate, with funding being awarded to complete the study by both the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

The study serves as a roadmap in the expansion of broadband internet throughout the region while providing the tools necessary to close the digital divide in both rural and urban communities. For more on Eastgate’s efforts in broadband, please visit

Planning & Development Director Joann Esenwein Accepts Award

Eastgate Planning & Development Director Joann Esenwein accepts award.

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