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Ohio agencies to upgrade technology of rural transit

Connect Ohio, which works to expand broadband access in the state and takes inquiries from residents: Shanahan
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As technology is slowly and steady catching hold in rural India, the government and private agencies are doing their best to provide internet facilities even to the remotest places in Indian villages.

Internationally, An Ohio transportation agency is expected to use nearly $7 million in federal money to upgrade technology of rural transit agencies and increase broadband Internet access in areas with insufficient service.

More than 30 rural transit service areas will receive upgrades under the Transit Tech Ohio project, The Columbus Dispatch reported, including software, broadband access, and equipment upgrades.

Agencies in rural areas will be able to share their routes and schedules more effectively, said Ohio Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Bruning. Some agencies have scheduled routes while others respond to individual transportation requests. The upgrades should make it easier for riders to make the best choice.

Rural areas with limited Internet availability or high-speed connections will also receive either new equipment on existing state-owned towers for wireless broadband or entirely new towers.

Connect Ohio, which works to expand broadband access in the state and takes inquiries from residents, is pleased with the opportunities the project will bring, said executive director Lindsay Shanahan.

"The hope would be that even if folks don't use rural transit that ultimately broadband coverage would benefit in these areas," she said.The group is currently lobbying state lawmakers to extend its state subsidy. In a letter to supporters last week, Shanahan said Connect Ohio's procured state funding will cease at the end of the year. That will force the office to terminate its mapping, research and policy initiatives.

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