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 and Partners Kick Off Next Phase of Lake-to-River Broadband Fiber Line


Today, Eastgate, the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), BroadbandOhio, and several local representatives came together to celebrate the ODOD's investment in Eastgate's proposed Lake-to-River Fiber Line.

ODOD Director Lydia Mihalik joined state and local leaders in the city of Youngstown to announce state support for the broadband expansion project to improve digital equity through Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties. The state of Ohio, through the Office of BroadbandOhio, has allocated $500,000 in funding for the project. The funding will go towards conducting an engineering analysis necessary to complete a Lake-to-River Fiber Broadband Corridor along State Route 11. The engineering analysis is a critical step towards making the Lake-to-River Fiber Broadband Corridor a reality.  The analysis will help turn the vision for Route 11 into a technical blueprint that can be followed by an internet service provider to build the project.

“The DeWine-Husted Administration continues to deliver solutions to fill gaps in coverage and improve connectivity for Ohioans,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development which houses BroadbandOhio. “We’re proud to support Eastgate in this crucial next step to improve broadband connectivity and accessibility throughout the region.”

The engineering analysis will include a next generation GIS fiber map that will visualize the network and its critical components. The map will depict the physical location of the fiber and other telecom infrastructure. By using network technical data, geographic and demographic information, the fiber map will be a blueprint for the construction of the Lake-to-River Fiber Broadband Corridor.

“It is important to highlight the collaboration and the partnerships that were built throughout this process. Eastgate would be remiss not to highlight the contributions of the leadership and staff of all four counties, the Office of BroadbandOhio, the Ohio Department of Transportation, State Senator Rulli, and many more in their efforts to ensure state-of-the-art broadband that will benefit residents, businesses, community anchor institutions, government, overall economic development, and innovation” said Jim Kinnick, Executive Director of the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. “Eastgate strives to create an environment that will serve current and future technology needs, and one that establishes a platform that supports and facilitates existing, as well as new Internet Service Providers, telecommunications carriers, and data center services within the region.”

The development of a Lake-to-River Fiber Broadband Corridor was one of the key recommendations of an extensive Broadband Feasibility Study released by Eastgate Regional Council of Governments in June 2021. The project will help eliminate the digital divide in the rural and urban areas within the region by improving middle mile infrastructure and last mile broadband capabilities. Those interested can learn more about the project at 

This project will have impacts throughout the region, and we were happy to have speakers from each one give remarks. We appreciate Director Lydia Mihalik of the Ohio Department of Development's support for the region.

Director Mihalik speaks

Eastgate General Policy Board Chair & Ashtabula Commissioner J.P. Ducro speaks

Jim Kinnick speaks

Sen. Michael Rulli speaks

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