The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for South Carolinians, and broadband service is a major example: when schools switched to remote learning, the lack of uniform access to broadband quickly emerged as a significant obstacle. The issue also created hardship for healthcare providers and many others. The South Carolina General Assembly pulled together key stakeholders, gathered input and adopted a Broadband Accessibility Act intended to improve access across the state.
Santee Cooper does not want to be a retail broadband provider. Rather, Santee Cooper has been developing a broadband program in accordance with the Act that will enable broadband providers to improve statewide accessibility more quickly and less expensively.
Draft Rates and Terms
On Feb. 24, 2021, the Santee Cooper Board of Directors approved draft rates and terms that could allow broadband providers to more quickly build out retail service to unserved areas of South Carolina by accessing Santee Cooper’s transmission infrastructure and 1,200 miles of excess fiber. These proposed rates and terms are in line with the principles we established last year to govern our involvement.
Virtual Public Informational Session
To educate stakeholders on these proposed rates and terms, Santee Cooper held a virtual public informational session at 2 p.m. on March 2.
You can view this informational session here.
We are accepting written questions and comments through March 10. These can be submitted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the form below under “More Information.”
Finalizing this program is a high priority for Santee Cooper. After public comments are received and reviewed, the draft rates and terms will be finalized and submitted to the Santee Cooper Board for consideration on April 16.
Draft Process Documents
To assist those interested in taking advantage of our broadband program, we are including draft process documents to help provide a better understanding of the proposed application process. These documents are not final and are for illustrative purposes only.