Mary Green Brown
Dec. 16, 2003, Columbia, S.C. - SCANA Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Columbia, S.C.-based SCANA Corporation (NYSE:SCG) has joined Aiken County in a public/private partnership to wire Aiken County for high-tech fiber optic services.
SCANA Communications is providing the county with the match needed to secure $1.4 million in tobacco settlement funds from the S.C. Department of Commerce. SCANA Communications' match will come from use of existing fiber lines and other infrastructure. The $2.3 million project will be used to attract high-tech industry by providing fiber optic connections between municipalities, schools and industrial parks.
"We are very pleased to partner with Aiken County in this exciting project to attract high-tech industry. Increasingly, industries and businesses require high-speed data connections to do business. The new fiber network will give Aiken County a tremendous economic development advantage," said George Bullwinkel, president of SCANA Communications and senior vice president of SCANA Corp.
SCANA Communications Inc. offers a wide range of leading edge communications solutions in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia, including wireless infrastructure and tower services, SONET-based and Metro Ethernet transport, and state-of-the art data center and co-location facilities.