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Broadband connectivity is coming to Noble County

PLEASANT CITY, Ohio — Miranda Miser, head of food and supply operations at M&M, has been waiting for this moment for a long time.


What do you want to know

  • Residents and business owners eagerly await the installation of high-speed internet in Noble County
  • Miranda Miser said broadband affects many aspects of doing business
  • Rep. Bill Johnson, R, OH-6, said expanding broadband is a great first step into the future for areas of Appalachia like Noble County.
  • Expansion is part of Charter Communications’ approximately $5 billion investment in rural areas

His family business in the rural Ohio town of Noble County can finally benefit from high-speed broadband connectivity.

Miser said broadband affects many aspects of doing business.

“Paying taxes is just a simple thing when it comes to sales tax, your 941, everything has to be done online now,” Miser said. “And then I just go over the basics of managing customers with a credit card.”

Miser said that, being in a small community, his family business takes on many roles, providing food for farm animals, birds, dogs and supplies for local 4-H exhibitors.

M&M, which has three locations in Appalachia, is one of 2,300 Noble County homes and businesses set to benefit from Spectrum’s $5 billion investment in underserved rural areas.

Miser, who is also an organizational volunteer for Cumberland County Kids 4-H, said the increase in broadband will also have a profound effect on students.

“Just having this opportunity of a reliable internet is now so essential to our daily lives, when it comes to students who can pursue higher education, post-secondary education through online courses, 4-H meetings or when school is canceled and they have to do distance learning,” Miser said.

Rep. Bill Johnson, R, OH-6, said expanding broadband is a great first step into the future for areas of Appalachia like Noble County.

“The pandemic hasn’t caused the rural-urban digital divide, but it has certainly highlighted the scale of the problem, for remote learning, for remote working, for access to telehealth,” Johnson said. “And Charter was the biggest winner in my entire district, so I’m very excited.”

Miser agreed and said Thursday’s announcement was great news for the future of the community and the 22-year-old family business.

“Making it available to 2,300 people in Guernsey, Noble County and surrounding areas is vital and we are delighted to have this opportunity,” Miser said.

The expansion is part of Charter Communications’ approximately $5 billion investment in rural areas, such as Noble County. It includes $1.2 billion won at the FCC’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund auction. Charter’s expansion will provide broadband access to approximately 1 million customers in 24 states.

Charter Communications is the parent company of Spectrum News.