Broadband Expansion Going Nowhere Fast
South Carolina Still Lags Behind in High-Speed Digital Access
(August 3, 2011) - In October 2009, the state Budget and Control Board quietly approved a $143 million contract that effectively leased out 95 percent of the state’s broadcast bandwidth — owned by the public for decades — to two private telecommunications companies for the next 30 years.
Those companies — Washington-based Clearwire and Virginia-based DigitalBridge — were expected to build out connectivity to rural and underserved areas of the state.
Nearly two years later, the strategy for expanding broadband access in the Palmetto State appears static.
BY COREY HUTCHINS | freetimes