Project Overview

For the past seven years, the Southern Ohio Health Care Network (SOHCN) has remained focused on expanding broadband access across the 34-county service area.

We’ve made a lot of progress from when the “heat map” was produced, but much remains to be done to accomplish the goals of fiber-based Ethernet connections for all health care provider (HCP) locations, and ubiquitous fixed and mobile broadband access across the 17,000 square mile service area.

Leveraging $18 million in FCC funding, the SOHCN selected regional provider Horizon Telcom to construct the network offering metro-Ethernet services over a DWDM backbone. More than 16,000 strand-miles of fiber connect over 100 health care facilities, resulting in $6.5 million in accumulated cost-savings for members.

Phase 1

$30 million, 13-county project began in 2007 funded by FCC, Adena Health System and Horizon Telcom

Phase 2

$100 million, 21-county project began in 2010 funded by NTIA and Horizon Telcom. Hundreds of miles of fiber backbone extend the network across the region, serving or passing most health care facilities.

Phase 3

Starting in late 2014 to extend broadband further into the region by tapping into the new FCC Healthcare Connect Fund

Established Partnerships

We have formed great partnerships with these regional organizations.

Economic Development and Local Government

  • Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA)
  • Buckeye Hills Hocking Valley Regional Development Dristrict
  • Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC)

K-12 Education

  • Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Education Service Agency (OME-RESA)
  • Southeastern Ohio Voluntary Education Cooperative (SEOVEC)
  • South Central Ohio Computer Association (SCOCA)
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Broadband Availability Map
Broadband Availability Heat Map - 2007