More Internet access coming to Pee Dee
Thanks to action by the Federal Communications Commission, 17,000 more homes and businesses in the Pee Dee area are expected to get a faster connection to the Internet. The FCC says it has allocated $121 million in support funds for 10 years to broadband providers to expand access to 108,000 S.C. residents. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called this “great news for the residents of so many rural South Carolina communities who will get access to high-quality broadband service in areas that for too long have been on the wrong side of the digital divide.” In the Pee Dee area, a subsidiary of Charter Communications will get $20.71 million to bring broadband access to 16,098 homes and businesses, the (Florence) Morning News reported. That includes 2,833 homes and businesses in Florence County, 2,861 in Darlington County, 3,079 in Marion County, 1,521 in Williamsburg County, 2,693 in Dillon and 3,111 in Marlboro County, the newspaper said.