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.

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