COLUMBUS - State Senator Troy Balderson (R-Zanesville) today applauded the recent decision of the Fairfield County Engineer to ease restrictions for laying fiber cables. Eliminating these barriers will improve access to broadband internet for an additional 750 homes and small businesses.

"Broadband internet access is essential infrastructure for job-creators seeking to open new locations or expand in the region, especially for rural areas,” said Balderson. “Improved access also ensures that our schools and businesses remain responsive to the demands of a competitive, 21st Century learning environment." 

The announcement follows a recent study published by ConnectOhio, in partnership with the Fairfield 33 Development Alliance, that showed high demand for broadband access in rural areas of the county. 

The Fairfield County Engineer's office has lowered the depth requirements for laying fiber in the county right-of-way by two feet, allowing for more cost effective methods. Intelliwave, in Athens Ohio, worked closely with the county engineer's office on the changes in order to expand its fiber optic broadband service.
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