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FCC Offers $10 billion for Broadband Network Upgrades

By Tom Koutsky

Today, the FCC formally offered the nation’s largest telephone companies, including AT&T, Verizon, Frontier, CenturyLink, FairPoint, and Windstream, $10 billion in subsidies to offer broadband service to over 4 million homes and businesses that are currently unserved. Today’s offer is a critical step in “Phase II” of the Connect America Fund, which will subsidize the construction of 10 Mbps down/1 Mbps up broadband networks in these areas over the next six years. These providers have until August 27, 2015 (120 days) to accept or reject the FCC’s offer on a state-by-state basis. If they reject these offers, the FCC will begin to award...

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Technology Task Force Drives Connectivity Improvements in South Carolina

By CSC Staff

In December 2014, Hilton Head Island was certified as South Carolina’s fourth Connected community.  Today, the groups that helped to improve broadband expansion and adoption in the area continue to move forward, breaking through obstacles to improve connectivity and access for everyone. Primarily a tourism and vacation spot along the coast of South Carolina, Hilton Head Island’s broadband expansion developments met with barriers based on the migratory tourism economy.  With approximately 70% of the town based in gated communities, with strict rules as to the infrastructure available, local and nationwide telecommunications...

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