TOT Executive Director Sarah Briggs moderated a preview of a study of Ohio’s telecom rules and broadband investment in Cleveland on Monday. The study was done by Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management economics professor Jack Kleinhenz and the Digital Policy Institute at Ball State University.
Kleinhenz, joined by Steve Jones of Ball State, previewed the study before an audience of state and local officials and technology experts at the City Club of Cleveland.
Among the study’s findings: despite 90% of homes in Ohio having access, only 55% subscribe to broadband. Also, 32% of Ohio’s homes will have wireless broadband by the end of 2012.
The study reports that Ohio outranks the national average in the following: number of per capita high speed lines, business lines as a percentage of high speed lines and the number of providers of high speed lines. The report also finds that between 15,000 to 30,000 jobs in Ohio are supported or created annually across all industries by investment in broadband.
Additionally, it is in the public’s best interest to have a level playing field among competitors in order to encourage additional investment in broadband, according to the study. Recommendations include reforming antiquated rules governing legacy phone companies to reflect competition in the marketplace.
The study will be released to the public in the coming weeks.