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Lt. Governor Jon Husted announced that Allen Township, outside of Marysville, Ohio, will be the site of a pilot project, with the Starlink satellite broadband service developed by SpaceX, to connect select households and small businesses with high speed internet access. The pilot is part of the DeWine-Husted Administration’s commitment to bringing high speed internet access to Ohioans across the state.


The pilot will test the delivery of Starlink’s space-based high speed internet to 90 households and about 10 small businesses. All of the participants are underserved by broadband. It marks the largest Starlink pilot in the Midwest and it was made possible through the partnership of BroadbandOhio, the City of Marysville, economic leaders in Union County, and JobsOhio, the state’s private nonprofit economic development corporation.


The pilot is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021 and the service will run at no cost to the participants for 12 months. Starlink says it can deliver high speed internet to locations where access has been unreliable or completely unavailable. The selected households and businesses will be formally notified in the first quarter of 2021, closer to the start date of service.


The Starlink pilot marks a return to Ohio for SpaceX as the company has conducted acoustic testing at NASA’s Plum Brook facility for its Falcon 9 rocket nosecone as well as the Starlink satellites themselves. Plum Brook is home to the world’s most powerful spacecraft acoustic test chambers, which can simulate the noise of a launch up to 163 decibels or as loud as the thrust of 20 jet engines. The testing helps ensure both the nosecone and the satellites are not adversely impacted by these sounds during launch. It’s another example of how Ohio is at the leading edge of innovation.


More information about the pilot can be found at JobsOhio.com/broadband-solutions/.

This first appeared in the 2021 January/February issue of the Ohio Township News magazine. Contact Sarah at crock@ohiotownships.org with any questions or for reprint permissions.