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Blog // Connect South Carolina

Keeping Promises: A Technology Action Plan for South Carolina’s Promise Zone

By Jessica Denson

The Lowcountry Promise Zone Broadband Team has plotted a path that can bring high-speed internet access, adoption, and use to more families, businesses, and communities in the six-county region. “This team spent months completing a comprehensive community assessment to identify ways to improve access to broadband and other technologies,” said Jim Stritzinger, Director of Connect South Carolina, a local subsidiary of Connected Nation (pictured right with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn). “The Technology Action Plan we developed from that work is a blueprint for how to improve the quality of life for all and how to restart the economic engine...

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Town of Hilton Head Island Receives Connected Certification

By Jennifer Cobb

Tuesday, December 16 marked the day Connect South Carolina recognized and celebrated the Town of Hilton Head Island as the fourth Certified Connected Community in the state, and the 35th Connected community in the country! The community’s certification celebration was held in the council chambers of the Town of Hilton Head Island with nearly 40 attendees, including the mayor, town and county council members, members of the Information Technology Task Force, and local, regional, and state broadband and technology stakeholders. To read the press release from the event in its entirety, click here.  In photo from left: Connect South...

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Abbeville Becomes 2nd Connected Community

By Jennifer Cobb

On October 9, at a private event at West Carolina Tel in Abbeville with more than 20 people in attendance, Connect South Carolina’s Jim Stritzinger and Leslie Callison announced Abbeville as a certified Connect South Carolina Connected community and presented the Abbeville County Economic Development team with an official Connected trophy and certificates. Abbeville’s Connected certification comes after almost a year and a half of the Abbeville County Economic Development team working with Connect South Carolina to assess the broadband landscape, identify gaps, and establish actionable goals and objectives. The Abbeville...

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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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