2009 Ohio GIS Conference
Presentation Abstract and Biography

Implementation of the Broadband Data Improvement Act in Ohio

Katrina Flory, Ohio Department of Administrative Services Office of Information Technology - Executive Director, Ohio Broadband Council

Katrina B. Flory serves as Executive Administrator within the DAS Office of Information Technology. In her current role Ms. Flory has lead efforts to coordinate and communicate the strategic direction of broadband in Ohio, prepare the agency for statewide implementation of an enterprise resource planning system, as well as act as a dynamic change agent related to various initiatives.
Ms. Flory joined the Ohio Department of Administrative Services in 2000 and served as executive assistant to the state Chief information Officer and Assistant Director. Ms. Flory has a bachelor of arts from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides for $7.2 billion to support broadband deployment across the United States. Broadband funds will be distributed in the form of grants or loans by two federal agencies, the US Department of Agriculture (Rural Utilities Service) and US Department of Commerce (National Telecommunications and Information Administration).

This includes $240 million in funding for the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program administered by NTIA. The goal of the program is to develop and implement statewide initiatives to identify and track the adoption and availability of broadband services within each State. The State of Ohio in collaboration with Connect Ohio has applied for funding. Through its grant application Ohio anticipates the ability to:
  1. Support existing spatial data development projects in Ohio
  2. Provide more accurate and up-to-date base mapping to overlay aggregate provider bandwidth data
  3. Tie bandwidth data to specific addresses identifying coverage to a higher degree of accuracy
  4. Identify gaps in broadband availability for Ohio

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