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The state of South Carolina has completed awarding $400 million in broadband grants that were funded through federal programs created in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). A total of 19 companies were awarded funding beginning in December 2022 and finishing with final awards confirmed today.

Collectively, the 19 companies will contribute an additional $263 million toward project costs for an overall match rate of 39.7%.

The state administered funding that came through ARPA’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) and the Capital Projects Fund (CPF). There was one round of CPF awards and three rounds of SLFRF awards.

The final round of the SLFRF program was finalized today. Awards totaled over $43 million and went to 12 broadband providers.

South Carolina Broadband Grants

The South Carolina Broadband Office released a summary spreadsheet showing where all $400 million in ARPA funding went. Some awardees won funding in multiple rounds.

The top four winners were all local providers.

The company awarded the most funding was WC Fiber, which won a total of $95.6 million. The South Carolina company has been around for 65 years. The next largest winner was Comporium, which will receive $63.7 million; Farmers Telephone Cooperative, which will receive $36.5 million; and TruVista, which will receive $34.4 million.

Four major providers won funding, including three that won at least $20 million.  Charter will receive $27.9 million; AT&T will receive $27.7 million; and Comcast will receive $20.3 million.

The fourth major provider was Brightspeed, which will receive just under $1 million.

Several other local providers also won funding, including two that won over $10 million – Palmetto, which won $21.6 million and Home Telecom, which won $18.4 million.

“It is an incredible feeling to reach this historic milestone for broadband in South Carolina,” said Jim Stritzinger, director of the South Carolina Broadband Office, which made the awards. “With an expert team, we’ve moved quickly, and with great precision, as we’ve deployed every dollar of ARPA funding.

“Our ‘agile’ methodology for fund deployment has worked extremely well, and we are grateful for the close collaboration with the ISPs that work so hard daily to keep our homes and businesses connected. Best of all, we hit this incredible milestone over six months ahead of federal requirements.”

Most of the funding will go toward fiber broadband deployments, but some will go to hybrid fiber coax networks.

The complete list of awardees includes:

  • AT&T
  • Brightspeed
  • Carolina Connect
  • Charter
  • Comcast
  • Comporium
  • Farmers Telephone Company
  • Home Telecom
  • Horry
  • Lumos
  • Lynches River
  • NTI Net
  • Open Broadband
  • Palmetto
  • Sandhill Telephone
  • TriCo Link
  • TruVista
  • WC Fiber
  • ZiTEL

Additional details, including awards by funding round, can be found on the spreadsheet at this link.

Additional information about South Carolina broadband, including links to state funding information, state specific Telecompetitor coverage and more, can be found on the Telecompetitor Broadband Nation webpage for the state.

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