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REGIONAL REPORT: TDS expanding broadband for Norway

TDS expanding broadband for Norway

MADISON, Wis. – TDS Telecom has begun expanding broadband to more than 3,800 locations in South Carolina thanks to funding from the Federal Communications Commission. Construction has begun in the Norway Telephone Exchange, according to TDS

The FCC allocated an average of $1.4 million a year for the next 10 years to reach residents in some of the hardest-to-serve areas in South Carolina. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations. Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3). Under the agreement with the FCC, the remaining customers will receive broadband service at lower speeds of 10/1 and 4/1Mbps.

McMaster plans roundtable meetings

COLUMBIA – Governor Henry McMaster will begin holding a series of roundtable-style meetings with local business leaders across main street South Carolina to solicit and compile examples of regulations and red tape that make it unnecessarily difficult to do business in the State. The series of meetings builds on the governor’s Executive Order 2017-09, which orders a transparent review of cabinet agency regulations that may harm business growth, by including the perspective of local main street business leaders from across the state.

“Future economic prosperity requires that we keep South Carolina globally competitive. Periodically, that means identifying regulations and red tape that hinder any business owners’ ability to invest, expand, hire and profit,” McMaster said. “We need our local business leaders to provide examples of how the government is getting in their way, so we can provide them to the General Assembly.”

Meetings are planned for Anderson on June 5, Florence on June 7, Sumter on June 8, Rock Hill on June 15, Beaufort on June 21, Myrtle Beach on June 22 and Aiken on June 23.

S.C. changes craft beer laws

COLUMBIA — For the fourth time in seven years, the South Carolina Legislature has passed new legislation, signed into law by the governor, that fundamentally changes the craft beer scene in South Carolina.

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S .114 allows craft breweries to donate their product to charities in an effort to support the many good causes across South Carolina providing help to our state’s residents. It also allows brewers to participate in nonprofit events by pouring product and providing equipment. S .275 allows breweries to sell liquor, which is particularly helpful to the brewpubs in South Carolina planning to distribute their product, most notably Hunter Gatherer in Columbia and Edmund’s Oast In Charleston. Both bills were sponsored by South Carolina beer hero State Senator Sean Bennett, R-Dorchester, and gained bipartisan support in both chambers.

In 2013, South Carolina passed the Pint Law allowing craft brewers to sell pints on premise. In 2014, the Stone Law was passed allowing breweries to sell food on premise. These two new laws continue a trend of South Carolina’s lawmakers supporting the booming craft beer industry. According to S.C. Brewers Guild Executive Director Brook Bristow, because of these laws, the state has gone from 8 to 41 breweries. “It’s exploding,” he says “in large part due to bipartisan support from legislators like Sen.

Sean Bennett and Rep. Leon Stavirnakis.”

“We just want to thank the legislature and the governor for supporting the hard working small business owners who are helping fuel the state’s tourism industry,” said Chris Brown, president of the SC Craft Brewers Guild and co-owner of Holy City Brewing Company.

“We’ve gone from being one of the worst states for craft beer to being one of the best,” said Wesley Donehue of Frothy Beard Brewing. “If this trend continues, South Carolina will be one of the best states on the East Coast for craft beer. We’ll bring in more tourists and create even more jobs.

Let’s continue the march forward.”

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