A number of projects over the course of the last two years have expanded mobile and fiber broadband access across the state and Lowcountry. 

AT&T completed more than 300 wireless network enhancements in South Carolina in 2021, including adding more than 50 new macro cell sites. These sites improve coverage and capacity of broadband access, and the expansions brought the upgrades to 28 of the state’s 46 counties, including Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

The company also expanded fiber accessibility, making it available in more than 30,000 different locations. More than 300,000 customer locations in the state now have access to the utility. “We know how important it is for our customers to stay connected,” AT&T said in a press release. “That’s why we’re also boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps South Carolina residents get the best possible experience over the AT&T network where they live, work and play.” 

Here at home, the Charleston Digital Corridor, Charleston’s premier tech center, has expanded Wi-Fi access to county parks. Parkgoers can now access free public Wi-Fi services at Colonial Lake, Corrine Jones Park, Hampstead Mall Playground, Hampton Park, Mitchell Playground, Waterfront Park and White point Garden/Battery Park. Hundreds of visitors use the service, with more than 100 average users per day at Colonial Lake alone. 

The Digital Corridor started the project in May 2021 through a partnership with Google. 

Dorchester County officials on March 4 announced a partnership with Home Telecom and Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative to expand high-speed internet access in rural parts of the county. The three-year project will be funded with as much as $8.5 million from the American Rescue Plan, matched by the two telecom companies.

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