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Ohio is spending $12.1 million to improve fiber internet for colleges

In the year since Ohio officials announced they would increase broadband speeds tenfold for 41 colleges and universities, the state has finalized all but one contract with the third-party providers that run the connections between schools and the state’s 5,500-mile fiber optic network. Upping broadband speeds at the selected institutions — from below 1 gigabit per second to 10 gigabits per second — as part of the “Last Mile Improvement Program” involves updating physical infrastructure for the connections, as well as security firewalls. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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WATCH: AWS VP on the benefits of a data-led migration to the cloud

Sandy Carter, executive for AWS, discusses why focusing on a data-led migration into the cloud — that solves a business decision within the organization — can lead to a faster return on investment, greater insights and innovation for business operations. She highlights several examples of how federal, state and local agencies have taken advantage of the benefits of this approach. Watch Carter’s full interview here.

Open access is the future, says Wiley VP

Furthering the public’s access to academic research means treating an open-access journal article like a consumer product, carefully considering the user experience and rebuilding digital systems to scale up, Jay Flynn, the executive vice president at the academic publishing house Wiley, told EdScoop. But that rethinking poses a challenge for small academic associations and publishers that lack the resources to rebuild their digital processes for open research, a movement that’s picked up momentum during the pandemic. Emily has it.

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