Like electricity a century ago, broadband is a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness and a better way of life. It is enabling entire new industries and unlocking vast new possibilities for existing ones. It is changing how we educate children, deliver health care, manage energy, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge.
Somewhere between 150,000 and 160,000 South Carolinians do not have access to high speed internet at any price.
In today’s COVID-19 environment with directives to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible, now, more than ever, it is important for South Carolinians to have adequate access to high-speed internet. Especially in rural areas, school children are having trouble completing online education assignments at home, the elderly and those without transportation are challenged with getting necessities for living, and countless individuals can’t connect to the internet to take advantage of telehealth options.