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“Bridging the Digital Divide in South Central Alabama.”

"Dear Mr. McCall,

Mr. McCall, I am writing to you in support of your proposed project. I think that the SCABC is a great thing and will help many people in the area that it is going to serve. Nearly everyone in Alabama knows that the black belt is one the most economically depressed areas of the state. I believe that this network will help our region of the state bounce back from its recent economic depression.

I would like to tell you what this service will do for me........ Read the full letter and also watch his video.

Wilson Ellis, 13 year old Eigth grader from Hope Hull, ALabama

When underserved communities gain access to high speed Internet, all Americans benefit. Whether they reside in remote rural communities, low-income urban neighborhoods, or anywhere in between, it is in the nation’s interest to make sure that these disconnected communities are not left in the slow lane.

High speed Internet access has become vital to the success of individuals and communities. Our nation’s commitment to equal economic opportunity, educational advancement, and democratic participation can only thrive if everyone has equivalent access to these critical communications networks. As important as it is to our country to ensure access to what we think of as more traditional resources or services for all citizens, closing the digital divide in America strengthens the entire country economically and socially.

High speed Internet breaks down the barriers of distance and time, allowing residents of rural areas to participate in economic and civic life far beyond their geographic region. Communications made possible by broadband technology eliminates the logistical constraints of regionally-based business models, allowing businesses in isolated areas to compete with their big-city counterparts. Ultimately, the numerous economic and social advantages enabled by the availability of high speed Internet in rural areas benefits the entire country.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that rural residents are much less likely to subscribe to broadband than their urban counterparts. A study by Connected Nation finds that 19 percent of rural residents say they do not subscribe to broadband because it is not available in their area.

The SCABC is South Central Alabama's solution to the digital divide in its region. The Partnership’s Service District will be is comprised of 17 counties when fully built-out. These counties are identified below in no particular order:
SCABC Service DIstrict
(1)Lowndes(2) Macon
(3) Dallas(4) Butler
(5) Bullock(6) Crenshaw
(7) Conecuh(8) Escambia
(9) Montgomery(10) Wilcox
(11) Perry(12) Hale
(13) Greene(14) Pickens
(15) Sumter(16) Marengo
(17) Choctaw 
Adjacent counties that will be traversed but not fully built-out are identified below:
(18) Washington(19) Mobile
(20) Baldwin 
The South Central Alabama Broadband Cooperative District d.b.a South Central Alabama Broadband Commission (SCABC) and Oasis Construction Services Inc (Oasis) have entered into a public-private partnership, hereafter referred to as "The Partnership."

The Partnership’s primary objective is to deploy and operate a next generation broadband infrastructure service throughout 17 rural counties in South Central Alabama, a service district that is primarily based upon an area traditionally known as Alabama’s Black Belt Region. The Partnership will design, build and operate an open architecture, community-owned next generation broadband infrastructure that is comprised of more than 4,500 linear miles of fiber optic cable.

The Partnership's plan will ultimately connect the network’s infrastructure to every business and residence in its seventeen county service district.

Additionally, the Partnership will provide high-speed interconnection service between the community anchor institutions within its service district.
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