Bridging the digital divide in Gallia County

Recognizing that broadband availability is critical to participating in a 21st century economy, Gallia County Economic Development is committed to supporting widespread broadband availability in even our most remote areas.

We are highly supportive of both federal and state efforts, such as the:

  • Ohio Residential Broadband Expansion Program (ORBEG)
  • Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program
  • Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF)

These programs are all helping to bridge the broadband funding gap and incentivizing internet service providers to expand their deployment efforts throughout Gallia County. And it’s working, too. Thousands of previously unserved homes in Gallia County are now receiving high-speed internet access thanks to these programs.


Historic Broadband Investments Are Happening Right Now in Gallia County

Thanks to these historic investments, Gallia County is receiving historic levels of broadband investment from multiple internet service providers, including:

  • JB-Nets
    • Awarded $3.6 million grant in 2022 through the ORBEG to serve 816 households by mid-decade
  • Charter Communications
    • Investing $24 million through the RDOF program to serve 5,500 households in Gallia County by mid-decade
    • Awarded $1.7 million grant in 2022 through the ORBEG program to serve 857 households in Gallia County by late-decade


Fiber Providers:

  • JB-Nets*
  • Charter Communications (Spectrum)
  • AT&T
  • Horizon
  • Optimum
Fixed Wireless/Satellite Providers:
  • JB-Nets*
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile Home Internet
  • Starlink
  • Viasat
  • HughesNet
*Gallia County-owned and operated company

Expansions Underway:

  • JB-Nets recently completed its fiber deployment in Mercerville and is beginning projects in Rodney and Vinton as well. See JB-Nets’ wireless coverage map and fiber updates.
  • Charter Communications (Spectrum) is currently deploying in western portions of Gallia County, primarily surrounding Rio Grande – check to see if your address has internet availability here.

Locations with free public Wi-Fi:

  • Bossard Memorial Library 
  • Gallipolis City Park
  • Rio Grande Village Hall
  • Crown City Village Hall
  • Rio Grande Community College

Wi-Fi To Go Program:

Bossard Memorial Library has at-home Wi-Fi hotspots available to library card holders for free. Call the Library at 740-446-7323 to check on availability or visit in person at 7 Spruce Street. The Library also has free Wi-Fi for patrons during open hours. 

The Next Generation of Broadband Workforce

Getting broadband to thousands of homes doesn’t happen with the flip of a switch. There are legal and permitting processes standing between you and high-speed internet, but even more important is the human capital required to make it happen.

In 2022, Buckeye Hills Career Center took the broadband workforce shortage head-on by starting a Broadband Infrastructure Training Program as part of its Telecommunications certificate program. Both high school and adult students can gain credentials in just 28 weeks to prepare themselves for careers related to broadband deployment and other telecommunications services.

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