Data Board Celebrates Digital Inclusion Week

Franklin County OH Auditor

Monday, October 4, 2021


Contact: Marshall Troxell, 614-565-1423


Data Board Celebrates Digital Inclusion Week

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Franklin County Automatic Data Processing Board issued a resolution Monday recognizing October 4-8 as Digital Inclusion Week and urging support for efforts to bring affordable and high-quality broadband internet to all county residents.  

“Reliable high-speed internet is essential for residents to access education, health care, government, and other important services,” said Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano, who serves as secretary of the county’s data processing board.  “I am committed to ensuring digital equity and accessible broadband internet for everyone in our community.”

In its resolution, the board noted that of the 1.32 million people who reside in Franklin County, 12.8% of households do not have broadband internet subscription services. The number increases for those without stable housing, the disabled, and citizens over 65, creating a digital divide.

The resolution says the board is committed to digital equity, including affordable, reliable, high-speed home internet for residents of all income levels, public broadband access, access to low-cost technology devices, and technology training and technical support to assist individuals across the digital literacy spectrum or with unique support needs.

Franklin County is an active participant in the Franklin County Digital Equity Coalition, which is a collection of business, government, education, nonprofit and social sector organizations dedicated to addressing the issue of digital inequity.