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Blog // Connect South Carolina

School Systems Are Developing Creative Partnerships to Fund Broadband Access

By Wil Payton

Minnesota schools are finding that by pooling resources with libraries, partaking in public technology forums and taking advantage of grant programs, they can overcome budget deficits to provide high-speed Internet access in their communities. The following excerpt, from an SCTimes.com article addresses the importance of broadband access for Minnesota schools and other school systems across the country: Broadband is being used in Minnesota schools for student testing, reports to the state, portals for parents to track their child’s work, and for students to take online classes, according to a December report from the Governor’s Task Force on...

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New Money Available for Rural Broadband Expansion

By Jeremy Thacker

Rural residents may see new Internet service coming their way thanks to grant money from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Rural Development division just announced more than $10.3 million will be distributed among high-speed Internet providers. Interested providers must apply for the Community Connect grant program before June 18. The program already has several success stories to share, like the Tatitlek community on the Prince William Sound in Alaska. They are the kind of stories that are the reason Connect South Carolina exists and why we’re working hard for the expansion of broadband access, adoption, and use across...

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