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A Technology Action Plan for South Carolina’s Promise Zone

Barnwell, S.C. (November 21, 2017) – The public is invited to attend a presentation of a Technology Action Plan for South Carolina’s Promise Zone on Monday, November 27.

Representatives from the SouthernCarolina Regional Economic Alliance, USDA Rural Development Office, internet service providers, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will be on hand as Connected Nation’s unveils what can be done to improve high-speed internet access, adoption, and use within the region.

“As a South Carolina native, I understand all too well how our families and small businesses need to access technologies that can improve their quality of life and economic sustainability,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who will be attending the Nov. 27 event. “In today’s modern world having robust broadband is crucial. It can connect families to better healthcare and jobs. It is the key to better educational opportunities for students, and it can provide direct access to a global market to our small businesses no matter where they are located.”

The event will be hosted at the South Carolina Business Center, located at 54 Irving Street, Barnwell, SC, 91812. It will take place from 10 a.m. until noon. Attendees will hear from those involved in developing the Technology Action Plan and learn what “next steps” have been identified as priority.

“It took us months to understand the broadband landscape within the Promise Zone,” said Jim Stritzinger, Director of Connect South Carolina, a local subsidiary of Connected Nation. “Working with area representatives, we gathered data from a number of sectors to help determine the best approach to improving access in the region overall. This informational session will be a chance for both businesses and residents to learn about efforts to expand broadband across the area.”

 “Technology and the ability to connect globally are key to giving our industries, businesses and schools a competitive edge in this ever changing international landscape,” said Sandra D. Bland, SC Promise Zone Coordinator for SouthernCarolina Alliance.   “In fact, it’s the great equalizer, leveling the playing field for our rural areas.  With state-of-the-art broadband access, it doesn’t matter where a business, school or retail operation is located.  We can access information, goods, and services instantly and do business around the world.  The broadband initiative will be a game-changer for the SouthernCarolina Alliance region.”

Connected Nation Media Contact: Jessica Denson
Communications Manager            
Email: jdenson@connectednation.org                                 
Phone number: 502-341-2024

FCC Media Contact: David Grossman
Chief of Staff and Media Policy Advisor
(202) 418-2100
david.grossman@fcc.gov

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Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to bringing affordable high-speed Internet and broadband-enabled resources to all Americans through our federal efforts and state programs, such as Connect South Carolina.

We believe everyone belongs in a Connected Nation. For that reason, our nonprofit works neutrally and across party lines with consumers, local community leaders, state and federal officials, and technology providers to develop and implement technology expansion programs focused on closing the Digital Divide. For more information, please visit: www.connectednation.org/. Follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter