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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 Blanding, Sumter County Council Chairman, offering welcoming remarks to the guests in attendance.

The Connected Community Engagement Program involves building a comprehensive Technology Action Plan for developing a technology-ready community by reviewing the technology landscape, developing regional partnerships, establishing local teams, and conducting a thorough community assessment.

During the meeting, it was discovered that Sumter County has exceptional Access scores of 39/40, indicating a landscape of good broadband availability, speeds, competition, middle-mile access and mobile availability.

"Sumter is already a leader in the state for equipping businesses, residents, and visitors with access to broadband," said Shelley Kile, City of Sumter Communications & Tourism director. "By participating in the Connect South Carolina program we are affirming our committment to support a healthier business environment, an enhanced healthcare and education system, and a more efficient government."

The next steps include Community Champion Rick Farmer touring the local hospital and checking out its innovative practices. The follow-up meeting(s) for Sumter County will be announced in the coming weeks!

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