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The Dayton Housing Authority announced a new initiative with Cincinnati Bell Inc. to provide complimentary high-speed internet to approximately 143 residents in its housing community in Dayton.
In partnership with the Dayton Housing Authority, Cincinnati Bell’s UniCity Smart City program will provide free internet connectivity via WiFi to the residents of Jamestown Village, a 45-unit affordable housing community in Dayton, Kentucky. The Cincinnati Bell WiFi network will deliver Internet speeds that support remote learning, remote work, and telehealth applications for residents of Jamestown Village.
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“It has become even more obvious during the pandemic that accessibility is absolutely vital in today’s world. The goal is to improve the quality of life for our residents, and we hope that this will be a building block for more projects and enhancements to come to our housing community.”
Cincinnati Bell’s UniCity practice has announced similar partnerships with organizations including the Housing Authority of Covington and Greater Dayton Premier Management over the past year. UniCity also has Smart City partnerships with the City of Wyoming, City of Fairborn, City of Covington, Dayton’s Oregon District, Village of Lockland, Montgomery County, City of Loveland, and Boone County.
Jason Praeter, President and General Manager of Cincinnati Bell’s Entertainment & Communications business, said these partnerships align with Cincinnati Bell’s commitment to increasing digital equity in the markets it serves.
“Digital equity ultimately comes down to providing universal access and opportunity through connectivity,” Praeter said. “As a result of the partnership we’re announcing today, more Dayton Housing Authority residents will have access to educational tools, job opportunities, and health-care resources.”