CONNECTIONS 2015 to focus on expanding high-speed web access

To examine the implications of expanding broadband Internet, Richland County residents have the opportunity to attend CONNECTIONS 2015 on May 13 from 1-5 p.m. at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business at 1014 Greene Street in Columbia.

Already known for its online gaming and streaming capabilities, broadband also has far-reaching potential to improve health and emergency care, education and economic development, industry experts have said. Citizens are urged to stay ahead of the learning curve by attending this free community event.

The conference will serve as the backdrop for Richland County to receive a prestigious honor as the jurisdiction is named “America’s First Certified Connected Capital Community," with comments to be made by Richland County Council Chairman Torrey Rush. Other Richland County Council members and the Richland County IT team, led by Chief Information Officer Janet Claggett, will present a technology action plan at the event, and a group of USC students who collected data for this project also will speak at the event.

Other speakers will include Tom Koutsky, chief policy counsel for Connected Nation, who will discuss the national overview of broadband access, including the FCC's recent ruling on "net neutrality"; Dr. Laura Basile, a neonatologist and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at USC and Palmetto Health Richland, who will talk about a statewide health initiative called PulsePoint; and Kevin Pondy, IT manager with the South Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office of Aging, who will clarify how broadband can better assist “vulnerable populations,” such as the elderly.

CONNECTIONS 2015 is presented by Connect South Carolina, a statewide nonprofit promoting broadband access and adoption.

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