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Broadband speed maps show slower internet in Lima region

Mar. 3—COLUMBUS — Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted today recently announced that BroadbandOhio published a new mapping resource tool on Broadband.Ohio.gov that more accurately shows how many of the state's households are connected to high-speed internet, providing a clearer, more detailed picture of Ohio's broadband availability gaps.

A statewide map along with profiles on each of the 88 counties can be found on the website. Speeds were measured over a 15-month period by Ookla Speedtest Intelligence.

"As Gov. Mike DeWine and I continue work to expand broadband so that every Ohioan can be a part of the modern economy, healthcare system and education system, understanding where there are gaps is key," Husted said in a press release. "The new mapping resource launched today is driven by customer data and will help us better pinpoint where we need to focus our funding, attention and efforts."

The Allen County map shows that Allen County residents are better connected than many of their neighbors. Data gathered shows that Allen County has 64% of its area not covered by at least 25 Mbps download/3 Mbps upload internet connection.

Auglaize County has a rate of 83% not covered, with Hardin County experiencing 90% not coveredd by at least a 25/3 Mbps connection. However, Auglaize County has the lowest rate in surrounding counties with 44% of its households experiencing 10/1 Mbps.

Putnam County has 89% of its populated area not covered by internet speeds higher than 25/3 Mbps, with 64% of households not having access to that level. In fact, 67% of households are below 10/1 Mbps speeds.

A review of the broadband map shows that more populated counties such as Hamilton, Franklin and Cuyahoga counties have better internet connections, mostly topping 50 Mbps download speeds.

"These maps bring us one step closer to solving the digital divide in Ohio," Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development, said in a press release. "The additional detail will help us target areas with the greatest need to connect all Ohioans with critical resources, new economic opportunities, and an improved quality of life."

For a long list of reasons, the broadband speeds that make it to customers vary widely by the day, the hour and the minute. The entire map shared by Husted to establish better broadband throughout Ohio may be misleading.

Speed tests taken even minutes apart can vary by more than 10% and, depending upon the technology, can vary far more than that over a 24-hour period.

Reach Dean Brown at 567-242-0409