Next Century Cities Joins Broadband Access Ohio in Preparing Communities for Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Columbus, Ohio

In February 2022, Ohio cities and organizations advocating for high-speed, high quality Internet access launched a formal association. Broadband Access Ohio’s (BAO) believes that communities deserve the flexibility to offer broadband programs that meet the needs of their residents and encourage economic development. 

Next Century Cities (NCC) has 12 members in Ohio, including Bexley, Canton, Columbus, East Liverpool, Fairlawn, Granville, Hudson, Medina County, Shaker Heights, Yellow Springs, Zanesville, and our newest member, Cuyahoga County. Local leaders from NCC’s membership played a central role in developing the organization, including several who are on the BAO Board of Directors: 

Mayor William Roth, City of Fairlawn, Chairman of the Board

David Corrado, CEO, Medina County Fiber Network

Paul Leedham, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Hudson

Sam Orth, Director of Technology, City of Columbus

Commissioner Steve Hambley, Medina County

NCC is an inaugural member of BAO. On July 11th, NCC’s Executive Director, Francella Ochillo, Deputy Director, Brian Donoghue, and Senior Policy Counsel, Corian Zacher, joined the monthly meeting to discuss upcoming funding opportunities, local data collection strategies, documentation efforts, and building partnerships.

Increasingly, local leaders are working together in their states and regions to share broadband expertise and resources. NCC is committed to supporting local coalitions and elevating their successes. If NCC can support work in your community, please reach out via email or connect on social media

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