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Blog // Connect South Carolina

Bridging the digital divide; Winston-Salem church to open computer lab

By CSC Staff

From Bertrand M. Gutierrez | Winston Salem Journal Published: August 19, 2011   Janis Walker is ready to become more digitally savvy.   At Whole Man Ministries, a church on Old Lexington Road in southeastern Winston-Salem, Walker recently put herself on the list for an eight-week basic computer course.   "My grandsons have a touch-screen phone and they've showed it to me. I have some computer skills, but I haven't been around them for 10 years, and I want to refresh myself," said Walker, 63.   That's the idea, said Kenneth Holly, a minister at the church.   The church's Bridging the Gap Community Center is accepting...

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South Carolina Businesses Using Broadband Report Higher Annual Revenues than State Averages

By CSC Staff

Broadband is fast becoming the foundation for economic development in America as more and more businesses become reliant on this technology to communicate, transact, and innovate. But in South Carolina, 23 percent of businesses do not use the Internet, according to the Connect South Carolina Business Technology Assessment of 805 South Carolina businesses in 2010. Seven out of ten of those businesses say they don’t need the Internet or broadband service, or don’t know why their business doesn’t subscribe. Yet, the Assessment Survey found that South Carolina businesses that use broadband service report having median annual revenues...

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Millions going to Expanding the Internet

By CSC Staff

From adlinktechnology.com: The state of South Carolina is also benefiting from millions of dollars in funds dedicated to expanding broadband to all residents. Overall, South Carolina has received almost 16 million dollars. Officials say this is a great way for citizens to actually see where the money from the Recovery Act is going and how it is affecting their lives. The money will be used to expand internet access at 16 state technical colleges in addition to being used elsewhere. The money will also help fund the purchase of more than 2,000 new computers in order to expand 51 public computer centers and create 19 new computer labs. This...

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Connect South Carolina Report Demonstrates Broadband is Key to Higher Business Revenues

By CSC Staff

Survey of South Carolina businesses establishes link between high-speed Internet use and bottom line   Download the White Paper   Access the Findings   Columbia, South Carolina — A newly released study by Connect South Carolina shows businesses with broadband have a clear advantage in revenue and thus potential job creation over businesses without it. The research, which can be found at http://www.connectsc.org/research/, involved surveys of more than 805 businesses across the state and shows that businesses using high-speed Internet connections report median annual revenues $200,000 more than businesses without broadband....

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