Community Development

Appalachian Ohio

President Gee and Bob DixonThe Connecting Appalachia Broadband Plan leveraged an Ohio telemedicine network to expand broadband Internet connectivity throughout 32 Appalachian counties in southern and eastern Ohio. The project, led by Ohio Congressman Zack Space, was a collaborative effort of the Southern Ohio Healthcare Network (SOHCN), the Governor's Office of Appalachia, OARnet, Connect Ohio, OneCommunity, Ohio's Office of Information Technology, the Ohio Board of Regents, various local and regional organizations and service providers to develop regional solutions to some of the most unserved and underserved areas of the state.


DubLINK, Dublin’s system of nearly 100 miles of underground fiber-optic conduits, provides high-speed voice, data and video communications to businesses. The network saves corporations time and money by providing an existing “telecommunications pathway” within the City’s business district on which businesses can lease space rather than construct their own lines.

Central Ohio

The City of Dublin established the Central Ohio Research Network – or CORN – to provide the area with a dedicated research network that enabled businesses, government and schools to connect directly to OARnet, institutions of higher learning and research entities around the state. The network also enabled interconnectivity between facilities located on the fiber route. For example, Battelle's Dublin location established connectivity with its headquarters on King Avenue near The Ohio State University.

New Albany

The Village of New Albany constructed a multi-duct fiber-optic network, New Albany Net, to link local companies to universities and researchers throughout the world to advance research and development. New Albany Net is a redundant, robust network that contains 96 strands of dark fiber.

Tuscarawas County

The Tuscarawas County Community Improvement Corporation is dedicated to advancing and promoting the industrial, economic, commercial, and civic development of  Tuscarawas County. The CIC’s technology initiative supports access to state-of-the-art local data networks and to the national “pipes”. For more information please visit


The City of Gahanna helped to lead the charge in technology improvements by implementing plans to develop one of central Ohio's most fiber-rich communities. With help from both the private and public sectors, Gahanna is developing high levels of fiber optic networks throughout the city. This new infrastructure will serve many major needs of the city and allow Gahanna to be competitive in the telecommunications market. By offering more consumer choices and quality network access to technology-driven industries, Gahanna is acting as the catalyst for local development.