Columbus leads state in high-speed internet connections

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A study says Columbus not only leads Ohio’s metropolitan areas in the percentage of households connected to the Internet with high-speed broadband service, it has some of the highest adoption rates in the country.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that a Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program study says nearly 80 percent of homes in the city had high-speed Internet access in 2014. That’s a 2.5 percent increase from the year before. The newspaper reports that an Ohio nonprofit group that promotes broadband access made similar findings in a study earlier this year.

A Brookings researcher says access to high-speed Internet is an important tool for a region’s growth and people without it are disadvantaged.

The Brookings study said Youngstown had the state’s lowest broadband adoption rate at 69 percent. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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