Home » Solutions » Broadband for Economic Development

Broadband for Economic Development

Local governments around Northeast Ohio have benefited from OneCommunity’s broadband and fiber optic Internet services, including centralized control of network connectivity, services and support.  OneCommunity has welcomed dozens of community partners in Northeast Ohio to leverage proven technologies, expand and enhance connectivity, lower costs, improve productivity and enable innovation.  OneCommunity has also assembled a diverse consortium of technology vendors to address specific government needs and to deliver best-in-class government broadband services.

The Big Gig Challenge Grant

new background_10280
In August 2014 OneCommunity launched the first Big Gig Challenge Grant, encouraging the extension of ultra-fast, broadband fiber-based networks throughout Northeast Ohio. For the first time, communities can access both the financial and technical assistance needed to plan and build community-wide fiber optic networks.

This $2-million grant will fund up to 25% of total project costs for building networks to community anchor institutions (CAI’s), government facilities and business districts, enhancing public benefit applications and creative solutions.

The Big Gig Challenge encourages collaborative, regional proposals from county and local governments, non-profit community development coporations, port authorities and creative enterprises in the following counties: Ashland, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Ottawa, Portage, Richland, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, and Wayne.

2014 winners included the Village of Glenwillow, the West 25th Corridor, and Lorain County Community College. The second annual Big Gig Challenge launched on May 13, 2015 with a celebration at the Ariel International Center to honor last year’s winners and drum up excitement for this year’s grant. View the presentation below to learn about how the Big Gig Challenge works, details on the 2014 winners’ projects, and more:


Health-Tech Corridor 100 Gig Project

In November 2014, OneCommunity and the City of Cleveland announced their partnership in a project to install the nation’s first commercially available 100 gigabit network. The $1.02 million all-fiber network will connect downtown Cleveland to University Circle via Cleveland’s Health-Tech Corridor (HTC). The project is supported by a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and will set a new “Gold Standard” for broadband connectivity.

Construction will begin in 2015 with completion planned for late summer. For more details, view the November 21, 2014 press release. See also a list with links to media coverage of the announcement.


Cleveland [R]IoT


IoT is the heart of innovation and has an enormous impact on the way we do business. By 2020, 50 billion devices will be connected and the market will be worth $14 trillion. Northeast Ohio is uniquely positioned to be an IoT powerhouse. When it comes to IoT, Cleveland has a handful of aces – Manufacturing depth, educational legacy, healthcare innovation, and the fastest fiber infrastructure in the country.

The Cleveland [R]IoT oers your company a chance to connect with potential clients face to face. On April 7th, 2015, OneCommunity hosted the first-ever Cleveland [R]IoT Regional Summit, attracting over 200 educators, investors, entrepreneurs, CIOs, CEOs, and curious Average Joes. Leaders in the region filled the room at the Global Center for Health Innovation for this educational catalyst in the region to Realize the Internet of Things.

A more hands-on sequel to the Regional Summit, the [R]IoT Happy Hour will feature live IoT demonstrations, enabling innovators to showcase their applications and services in an
interactive and engaging way! Join us on July 14th for the next [R]IoT at Music Box Supper Club in The Flats.

RIoT board



Interested in broadband services for government in your municipality? Fill out this form to Contact OneCommunity today, or click here to support OneCommunity’s efforts to help transform government and enhance economic competitiveness.


Copyright 2018 OneCommunity. All Rights Reserved. Cleveland Web Design by Insivia
Flickr Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Facebook