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Ohio budget may impact broadband money, government networks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lt. Gov. Jon Husted says the Ohio Senate’s budget plan would squash the state’s momentum toward boosting broadband access and make it harder to get more residents connected to high-speed internet in areas where the private sector isn’t stepping in. Lawmakers this week are sorting through competing budget proposals in pursuit of a final version. Husted is advocating for them to keep the $190 million that the House proposed for expanding residential broadband, but scrap the Senate’s proposed restrictions for local government-owned broadband networks. He says the language would block arrangements that can help offer broadband access where private providers aren't.

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