Broadband mapping tool identifies availability

Staff Report
Published May 1, 2012

Connect South Carolina has launched an interactive map that shows broadband availability across the state.

The organization hopes to push efforts to expand broadband infrastructure across South Carolina.

Connect South Carolina has launched an interactive map that shows broadband availability across the state.
Connect South Carolina has launched an interactive map that shows broadband availability across the state.
The mapping tool, My ConnectView, replaces BroadbandStat as Connect South Carolina’s way of interacting with the broadband market. It has been designed to be an evolving map that will allow customers to see what kind of service is available to them and to provide feedback to Connect South Carolina about the type of service they receive.

“South Carolina’s dynamic new maps and data layers put all the information right at your fingertips,” said Connect South Carolina stakeholder relations manager Corey Johns. “My ConnectView is a user-friendly, multi-functional way for local leaders, policymakers, consumers and technology providers to develop plans for the expansion and increased adoption of broadband.”

Connect South Carolina is encouraging people to log in to the map and provide feedback so that the organization can identify places that need better service and help service providers find new customers.

“It helps us refine the information in the maps and aggregate the information on consumer demand,” Johns said, adding that the plan is to update the map twice per year.

Johns emphasized that the effort is designed to strengthen the technology and information infrastructure of the state and local communities.

“We liken this to the rural electrification effort of the early 20th century,” he said. “It brings many benefits to rural communities. (Consumers) can learn about providers they’re not familiar with. Sometimes folks don’t realize they have (several) providers available to them.”

The information provided by the maps will be invaluable to town planners and business developers, Johns said.

“You have to be aware of what your challenges and opportunities are before you can put together a plan, whether it’s recognizing your weaknesses or leveraging your opportunities,” he said.

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