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One in Three Rural Businesses in South Carolina Rely on Online Sales to Increase Revenues

By CSC Staff

From Hongqiang Sun, Research Analyst: The adoption and use of broadband by rural and agribusinesses opens many possibilities in the digital economy. Unfortunately, broadband usage is not universal among rural businesses, and broadband is often not available to rural businesses at the same speeds offered to their urban competitors. This greatly limits their ability to contribute to the local economy and increase profits. According to a new study by Connect South Carolina, Technology Adoption among Agribusinesses and Rural Businesses, approximately 5,000 rural businesses do not use broadband.  This accounts for one-fifth of South Carolina...

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Smart Energy Technology

By CSC Staff

As electricity rates rise and winter temperatures drop, more consumers are finding themselves staring questioningly at the numbers on their monthly utility bills while contemplating ways to reduce them. Today, smart energy technology allows thousands of people around the country to closely monitor their power consumption so that they can more actively conserve energy in their homes and reduce their monthly bills. With 20 or more power companies in the state offering free mobile applications or Web portals with energy tracking and comparison tools for customers to analyze and balance their own power usage, and another 13 with plans to do the...

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FCC Asks for Comment on Accuracy of National Broadband Map Data as Part of Connect America Fund Implementation

By Connected Nation

Today, the FCC launched a process for the public to review the accuracy of broadband availability data currently listed on the National Broadband Map (See http://www.fcc.gov/document/connect-america-phase-i-challenge-process-public-notice).  In particular, the FCC released a list census blocks without broadband service at speeds of at least 3 Mbps download/768 kbps upload that the FCC believes to be eligible for Phase I of the Connect America Fund broadband subsidy program.  (For more information of this new reform see Connect America Fund Update: FCC to Establish Process for Challenging National Broadband Map Data: A Connected...

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