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SCTA Conference Provides Opportunity to Explore USF Reform and its Impact on South Carolina

By Wil Payton

The South Carolina Telecommunications Association (SCTA) recently held the SCTA Fall Conference in Columbia. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to share ideas and insights about telecommunications technologies with other provider colleagues and peers.

Corey Johns, senior stakeholder relations manager for Connected Nation, presented at the conference and provided updates on the Connect South Carolina mapping and research efforts, the Universal Service Fund (USF) reform implications for the state, and the Connect South Carolina community engagement programs which are modeled on documented success stories regarding broadband growth.

Johns underscored the importance of provider participation in the broadband mapping program. “The Connect South Carolina broadband inventory will inform policymaker decisions about which areas are eligible or ineligible for future USF support,” said Johns.

The FCC now places more weight on Community Anchor Institution (CAIs) support as a criteria for USF funding. Johns outlined ways that Connect South Carolina can assist providers with future requirements to account for the connectivity needs of CAIs. “Connect South Carolina’s community engagement process makes it easy for USF recipients to meet these requirements,” said Johns.

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