MADISON TOWNSHIP -The Columbiana County Airport recently allowed RAA Services to install equipment on its light tower in exchange for free high-speed Internet access at the airport.
This means area residents will able to access high-speed Internet service through RAA, according to a news release issued by Connect Ohio, a state-federally funded organization working to bring broadband service to rural Ohio.
"The airport project occurred because a resident called me about getting Internet and I could not serve them at that time," Scott Dunn, CEO of RAA Services, said in a news release. "I noticed a pole at the airport overlooking the potential customer and approached the Airport Authority to offer them free Internet in exchange for use of its pole. We both saw it as a win-win and signed a deal. I have done several projects like this with farmers using various silos and grain elevators to service surrounding areas."
Offering a broadband connection allows pilots to check their pre-flight status, flight weather and file flight plans. Previously the airport only had access to a dial-up connection that was unreliable and limited to one computer station at the airport.
"In today's aviation environment, it is essential that we have the Internet at our airport for flight planning and to track weather, all of which increase safety," said Michael DiLoreto, Airport Authority chairman.
According to Connect Ohio, 60% of Columbiana County residents subscribe to home broadband services, which is well below that state average of 71%.
RAA Service's currently services more than 650 homes and businesses in Eastern Ohio, with coverage in portions of the following areas: Lisbon, Center Township, West Point, Madison Township, Gavers, Summitville, Dungannon, New Alexander, West Township, Knox Township, Damascus, Butler Township, Salem Township, Highlandtown, Rogers and northern Unity Township.
To see if RAA Services provides service in your area call (330) 271-9693 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.