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Blog // Connect South Carolina

FCC Releases Broadband and Health Interactive Mapping Tool

By Amanda Murphy

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force has launched a broadband and health interactive map. The new tool, titled Mapping Broadband Health in America, allows users to analyze broadband and health data visually, and at a national, state, and county level. The map is intended for use by both public and private sectors, and local communities, as a tool to drive discussion, to identify opportunities and gaps in connectivity and health care, and to assist broadband health policies and digital health solutions. Users have the ability to generate customized maps that display broadband access, adoption, and speeds along...

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Connect South Carolina Releases New Broadband Availability Figures in Support of GIS Day

By Jennifer Cobb

Explore New Access Tables View the Maps On November 20 and in support of GIS Day, Connect South Carolina released new broadband analysis showing the broadband availability gap in South Carolina is shrinking with notable increases in mobile wireless broadband. According to the latest data, 99.51% of South Carolina households now have access to broadband speeds of 6 Mbps download/1.5 Mbps upload, including mobile wireless. This is an increase of 5.05% (excluding satellite services) since April 2013. "We are very pleased to see that access to broadband has increased in many facets throughout South Carolina," said Connect South Carolina State...

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Location, Location, Location: Enhancing Public Safety with GIS

By Jennifer Cobb

February is Public Safety Month at Connected Nation. In addition to objectives of expanding broadband and technology awareness and adoption throughout local communities, CN is also working to highlight the use of GIS in various public safety agencies. Location is everything during an emergency; GIS provides the functionality to collect and manage large databases while in a fast-paced decision-making environment. GIS analysis and maps are used for everything from developing the public safety network to tracking criminal activity or emergency response routes. With the increases in technological capabilities, more and more agencies are being...

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National Broadband Map 2-Year Anniversary

By Jennifer Cobb

February 17, 2013, marked the two-year anniversary of the National Broadband Map (NBM), a tool to search, analyze, and map broadband availability across the United States. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) created and maintains the NBM, populating it with broadband datasets collected and submitted by states and territories for the State Broadband Initiative (SBI) grant program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has also been contributing to the development and update of the NBM. The continued update and use of the NBM for economic development, federal policy, broadband expansion, as well as local...

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