A publicly-owned telecommunications infrastructure serving all the citizens of the South Central Alabama District. . .
When constructed and operational, the SCABC Next Generation Broadband infrastructure will connect seventeen south central
Alabama counties: Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Escambia, Green, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Morengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumpter and Wilcox and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
It is widely recognized that persistent underdevelopment has plagued this region of the state. This region
was selected for federal grants and for private investment based on: 1) the area's limited access to broadband
services; 2) economic and social challenges of the region; and 3) the opportunity for the introduction of
telecommunications connectivity to improve the economic, education and social status of the residents of the target area.
The population of the initial eight SCABC counties was 184,000 in 2000, shrank to 175,000 by 2010, and is projected to shrink
further to 171,000 by 2015. This decline in population is due to the lack of opportunities for the area's high school
and college graduates. An improved telecommunications infrastructure can help provide the kinds of opportunities
that will retain these educated citizens.