Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture were in South Carolina this week to discuss efforts to improve broadband connectivity in rural areas.
Connectivity has been a priority issue for the Department of Agriculture. “Whether you’re living in an urban area or a rural community we see that so much is dependent on access to the internet. It’s no longer an amenity. It’s truly become a necessity,” Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett said Tuesday.
Hazlett and members of her staff met with representatives from the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina in Lexington and healthcare providers at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. She called both “partners in rural infrastructure.”
“They have many needs in providing healthcare to rural communities and we’re going to be talking about some of those opportunities and challenges,” Hazlett said. [Read more…]