JobsOhio will pay $200,000 for SpaceX satellite broadband test in Allen Township

JobsOhio “has signed SpaceX for a yearlong test of wireless broadband” in Union County’s Allen Township “to determine if it could expand access for rural areas across the state,” Columbus Business First reports. JobsOhio will pay $200,000 for 90 households and 10 small businesses to sign up for SpaceX’s Starlink service; participants will not pay for the service. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said the pilot program “will be one of the first in the nation to look at this issue and see if it has broader applications,” according to the article. SpaceX has launched “the first 900 satellites in what will be a much larger network, and is beta testing its broadband in the northern United States.” For more, read the full article.

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