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South Carolina Providers Submit Expressions of Interest in FCC Rural Broadband Experiment Program

By Connected Nation

A variety of providers in South Carolina have filed Expressions of Interest for the FCC’s Rural Broadband Experiment program including small rural ILECs, CLECs, Fixed Wireless providers, DSL providers, and even a county government group. Last January, the FCC voted to create the Rural Broadband Experiment program that it hopes will help shape and adjust its Connect America Fund (CAF) broadband subsidy program. These rural broadband experiments mark the first opportunity for providers that are not the incumbent local telephone company in a particular area to receive CAF subsidies to build and operate fixed broadband networks in those areas. “...

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Connect South Carolina Attends Summit on Information Technology

By Jennifer Cobb

With Leslie Callison On Wednesday, April 23, Connect South Carolina community technology advisors Lindsay Conrad and Leslie Callison attended the IT-oLogy Summit on Information Technology in Columbia where Governor Haley welcomed the sold-out crowd of more than 250 business and academic professionals in the IT-oLogy Theater. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and SC Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Otis Rawl made remarks, in addition to Ed Sellers, chairman of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. The keynote speaker was Matt Gardner, publisher of the landmark study Technology Works. In this study, a number of South Carolina communities...

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Residential Broadband Adoption in South Carolina Surpasses National Average

By Jennifer Cobb

Connect South Carolina recently released new data showing that broadband adoption in South Carolina surpassed the national average, with 76% of households subscribing to broadband service in 2013, up from 62% in 2010; a 14 percentage point increase. According to the Pew Research Center, the national broadband adoption rate in 2013 was 70%, which marks a 4-percentage point increase since 2010. The data are available via an interactive widget on the Connect South Carolina website where viewers can compare adoption rates since 2010, track the growth in mobile adoption during that time, and examine barriers to adoption. Click here to read our...

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Sumter County Joins Innovative Broadband Expansion Effort

By Jennifer Cobb

Community leaders with Sumter County have enrolled their community in an innovative program that seeks to boost the local economy and quality of life for residents though increased access, adoption, and use of broadband. On Friday, April 11, Connect South Carolina community technology advisor Leslie Callison led the community leaders through the steps of the Connected Community Engagement Program that offers a comprehensive and localized way for communities to bridge the digital divide impacting many regions. The kick-off planning meeting was held in the Iris Room at Central Carolina Technical College located in downtown Sumter, with Larry...

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