Broadband Adoption Gap closing in SC
A new report from Connect South Carolina entitled Closing the Digital Divide in South Carolina shows that efforts across the state to close the gap in broadband adoption are working. Data based on socio-economic factors gathered by Connect South Carolina’s 2010, 2011, and 2012 Residential Technology Assessments was used to illustrate how the broadband adoption gap between rural residents and the statewide average closed 6% in two years. In 2010, the adoption rate among rural residents was 46% compared to 62% statewide; by 2012, that gap had narrowed with 56% of rural residents adopting broadband compared to the statewide rate of 66%. However, the report found that the broadband adoption gap between low-income households in the state and among those with no college education has increased slightly between 2010 and 2012. This suggests that without a concerted effort, these individuals may end up further behind in their technology adoption and usage.