The state of Ohio has allocated $500,000 in funding for a Lake-to-River Fiber Broadband regional  expansions project. 

The project will improve digital equity through Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties. 

Funding will be used to conduct an engineering analysis, which will help create a technical blueprint for a broadband corridor that will run along State Route 11. 

The analysis will also provide an internet service provider with a plan for developing the broadband corridor. 

The broadband expansion comes after a broadband feasibility study that was conducted in June 2021 by the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. 

The fiber line will run about 100 miles and will provide connectivity to existing broadband fiber lines on I-90, I-80, and the Ohio Turnpike.

The fiber line will reach over 620,000 Ohioans by improving internet access which will result in improved education, economic development and telehealth options.