Broadband & Technology Infrastructure

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As a long-standing SCTA partner, Palmetto Care Connections (PCC) is committed to expanding access to care in South Carolina’s rural and underserved communities through broadband initiatives. The Palmetto State Providers Network, a consortium of healthcare providers in the state led by Palmetto Care Connections, was awarded $7.2 million in 2022 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Connected Care Pilot Program. The funding will enable five Federally Qualified Health Centers and one hospital system to provide broadband internet access services, remote patient monitoring, and video consults to 5,000 primarily low-income South Carolinians suffering from chronic conditions and infectious diseases. In addition, the funding will provide health care provider broadband data connections, a connected care telehealth platform, and data analytics to facilitate synchronous telehealth services for an estimated 18,000 patients in the following 13 SC counties, Aiken, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Lexington, Marlboro, Newberry, Richland, and Sumter. Learn more about SC broadband initiatives. 

  • In 2022, PCC received funding commitments for nearly $24 million in broadband subsidies for South Carolina health care providers.