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Blog // Connect South Carolina

Connect South Carolina Works With the Original Six Foundation

By Erin Kleinlein

Connect South Carolina is working with the Original Six Foundation of South Carolina, an organization founded by Governor Nikki Haley that functions as a resource to build bridges now to a better quality of life tomorrow for current and future residents of the state of South Carolina. The Mission of The Original Six Foundation is to serve as a catalyst for change by uniting public, private, and civic leaders and resources to identify and address the challenging issues facing South Carolina’s communities with the purpose of leaving the communities feeling empowered and positively impacted. Initially, Connect South Carolina formed a...

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FCC’s Lifeline Broadband Pilots Test Strategies for Promoting Broadband Adoption among Low-Income Americans

By Connected Nation

This month Connected Nation is raising awareness about digital learning programs and partners across the country. Today’s blog is shining a spotlight on the FCC Lifeline Broadband Pilot program which launched last week. These pilots are underway in several states to test how best to increase adoption of high-speed Internet among low-income Americans, a group with strikingly low adoption levels. The FCC established the Lifeline broadband pilot program last year as a competitive selection program for projects to gather data regarding what programs would result in higher adoption rates among low-income consumers.  Connected Nation is...

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Digital Learning Opportunities in South Carolina

By Erin Kleinlein

Digital learning month is upon us and there’s no better way to celebrate than to gain some knowledge about digital concepts and devices. Digital learning can be applied to numerous parts of our lives including education, economic and employment opportunities, safety, and just plain fun. To become more tech-savvy this summer, check out the conferences, classes, and other events below!   Digital Learning Conferences Upstate Technology Conference Greenville County School System brings educators and professionals together to learn about digital tools and applications. July 9-10- Greenville, SC http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/gcssi/  ...

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U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill; Broadband Access an Economic Development Priority

By Phillip Brown

Rural gigabit broadband pilot program and other amendments underscore importance of accurate and verified broadband mapping data Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, S. 954, by a vote of 66 – 27.  The Senate Farm Bill is the latest iteration of an omnibus authorization bill that is known as the “Farm Bill” that is reauthorized by Congress every five years. The bill approved by the Senate yesterday would invest nearly $955 billion over the next ten years, and Title VI would continue support for rural economic development and infrastructure improvements, including notable changes to the...

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