Agile Networks Announces Plan to Transform Broadband in Ohio

Rural Broadband Access, Ohio

The statewide network will cover over three million address points

Agile Networks, a telecommunications services company headquartered in Canton, Ohio, will join Chesapeake Energy, Connect Ohio and Coshocton County Commissioner Gary Fischer as the company announces its plan to deploy a state-wide carrier class network for Ohio. The announcement will take place during this year’s Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) conference. Agile will  unveil the network on June 7, during Connected Nation’s ‘Connecting Communities’ breakfast panel at the Gaylord Texan near Dallas, TX. The network will provide broadband and Metro Ethernet type services to over 3 million address points across Ohio – including 100,000 address points that do not have current broadband access.

“Agile’s work as a state-wide initiative for Ohio provides a model for expanding broadband in rural areas in the rest of the country,” said Grant Seiffert, TIA president. “They are a thought leader for this industry and we are thrilled to have them speak at this year’s TIA conference.”

Initial network deployment will begin in the third quarter of this year and include locations in Southeast Ohio and five cities across the state. These locations will serve as future network expansion sites. The five cities are Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo. When phase one is complete, Agile will expand across the state in a regional fashion.

“We’ve been in the design and engineering phase for over a year now, and we’re very excited to start the build out process,” said Kyle Quillen, Agile’s chief technology officer. “It will be an ‘open access’ network, meaning statewide carriers and local Internet service providers can use our network to connect new customers they couldn’t otherwise reach. There are still many local communities in Ohio that don’t have broadband, but because the Agile Network will be statewide, it will level the playing field for smaller communities by helping service providers assist them.

Stu Johnson, executive director of Connected Nation’s Ohio subsidiary, will kick off the ‘Connecting Communities’ breakfast panel.

“At Connect Ohio, we constantly work to ensure affordable and accessible broadband communications to all Ohioans, regardless of their geographic location,” said Johnson. “Through relationships with community champions, commercial partners, funding institutions and providers, we’re able to continue expanding Internet broadband access, adoption and use, although often one neighborhood at a time. Completion of the Agile network allows the opportunity to accelerate our efforts on a statewide basis and bring broadband access to over 100,000 households currently unserved, bridging the digital divide for many Ohio families while promoting economic development for businesses.”

The TIA 2012 Conference and Exhibition, scheduled for June 5 through 7 at the Gaylord Hotel in Dallas, TX, is a unique industry event. Focused on innovation and thought leadership, TIA 2012 is the annual gathering of the community of technology suppliers that form the foundation of the global communications experience. For more information on the TIA conference, please visit http://tia2012.org.

Connected Nation believes that states, communities, families, and individuals can realize great economic and social advantages when we accelerate broadband availability in underserved areas and increase broadband use in all areas, rural and urban, alike. To learn more about Connected Nation or its Ohio Chapter, Connect Ohio, please visit: http://www.connectednation.org or http://connectohio.org/.

Agile Networks is a telecommunications services company headquartered in Canton, Ohio. They are committed to economic development through innovations in technology and telecommunications service.