USDA Puts $10M Toward Rural Broadband in South Carolina


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invested $9,750,000 in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve rural e-Connectivity for 3,911 rural households in South Carolina. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.

“Our core mission at USDA is to increase rural prosperity through boosting economic opportunity in rural America,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. 

“We know that rural communities need robust, modern infrastructure to thrive, and that includes having access to broadband e-Connectivity.”

Orangeburg, County, SC, will use the money to deploy a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network capable of simultaneous transmission rates of 100 megabits-per- second (Mbps) or greater. The funded service areas include 3,911 households, 21 farms, 17 rural businesses, 13 educational facilities, nine critical community facilities and a health care center. 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said, “From enhanced health care access to modernizing our educational and workforce resources, these funds will be instrumental in ensuring that Orangeburg County, and all of South Carolina, will remain competitive in the global economy.”

“High-speed internet in rural areas helps farmers connect to new markets and promote their businesses – and what’s good for farmers is good for their communities,” said South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers. “This initiative will boost Orangeburg County and the rest of the state.”

October 30, 2019

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