Broadband Infrastructure

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought broadband access to the forefront as South Carolinians began to work, learn, and access healthcare from their homes. Palmetto Care Connections (PCC) continued to lead efforts to increase broadband accessibility in SC through assisting healthcare providers in rural and underserved areas with broadband subsidies and advocating at the state and federal levels for broadband expansion.

  • In June, PCC presented its 2019 broadband maps to the SC Legislative COVID-19 Public Education Committee, discussing telehealth and education challenges due to broadband barriers. PCC also had numerous communications with the Office of Regulatory Staff and the SC Department of Education to assist in developing strategies for short-term connectivity solutions for students transitioning to remote learning.

  • As an advocate for SC’s rural and underserved communities, PCC participated in Congressman James Clyburn’s webinar about SC’s innovative approach to broadband mapping.

  • During its 8th Annual Telehealth Summit, PCC organized sessions with US Congressmen Jim Clyburn and Tim Scott, and SC Representatives Gilda Cobb-Hunter and Murrell Smith focused on the importance of telehealth and broadband access during the pandemic.

Since 2013, PCC has helped providers save more than $25 million in broadband costs through assistance with filing for USAC subsidies.