Graham: FCC to award $121M to expand rural broadband in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) announced Wednesday that the FCC would be awarding a substantial amount of funding to help expand rural broadband in South Carolina.

According to a press release, the $121M in funding will assist 108,833 unserved homes and businesses around the Palmetto State.

Over the summer, Graham introduced the Governors’ Broadband Development Fund with Senators Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) in an effort to help advanced technology reach areas in need.

“This is very good news for South Carolina. While it doesn’t solve the problem completely, it is another positive step in the right direction. There are places in South Carolina you might as well be on the moon when it comes to getting high-speed internet service,” Graham stated. “All South Carolinians should be able to utilize the educational, telehealth, and business benefits of accessible and affordable broadband. This funding is critical for expanding broadband access in South Carolina and drastically improves access in rural and underserved areas. I’m thankful to the Trump administration for prioritizing this critical expansion when we need it the most.”