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Bill Improves Broadband Access, Services and Job Growth

Fri, 05/08/2009 - 7:19am
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Citizens for a Digital Future, a national coalition that supports public policies that encourage broad deployment, transparency and robust enhancement of broadband and digital technologies, commends South Carolina's legislative leaders and Governor for passing the Customer Choice and Technology Investment Act.

"South Carolina continues to lead the way in creating a fully competitive telecommunications market in the state. Citizens for a Digital Future would like to thank South Carolina's leaders for passing legislation that encourages investment in and further development of broadband and digital technologies," said John Watson, Chairman of Citizens for a Digital Future.

The Customer Choice and Technology Investment Act will allow consumers to experience the benefits of better service as companies invest in new and advanced technologies in order to compete for their business. This bill also positions South Carolina as an even more attractive place for companies to invest and expand their businesses. Deployment and adoption of broadband and digital technologies can positively affect many facets of life, from improving education and healthcare, to creating jobs and helping the environment, and this bill allows more people to have access to these benefits.

"With double digit unemployment hindering South Carolina, it is encouraging to see our legislative leadership pass the Customer Choice and Technology Investment Act. As South Carolina looks for more jobs, the telecommunications industry is now equipped to provide many opportunities through this new legislation. The innovation and quality this reform provides will help to create the kinds of jobs we need in South Carolina," said Hogan Gidley, Executive Director of South Carolina Action For Jobs, a member organization of Citizens for a Digital Future.

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