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GigUP South Carolina Initiative

GigUP South Carolina was created with a main goal of helping to enable growth throughout SC communities and businesses, yield flourishing progress. This advancement will be facilitated by the placement of fiber throughout the state, providing new fiber technology and gigabit internet to thousands of residents and businesses. Through various Regional Projects, the initiative will take the steps to complete their main objective and begin to help South Carolina prepare for inevitable future expansion and economic escalation.

GigUP South Carolina will bring the world to your fingertips with this initiative. Say hello to mind-blowing download speeds matched with split-second upload speeds. Picture enhanced Video inviting all of the action into your home or business. Can you hear the crystal clear Voice services with all the features you need? Better yet, stay safe and sound with Home Automation allowing you to control the temperature, as well as your doors and locks. Gigabit Internet offers numerous advantages, including:

  • Improved, faster online experience for multiple users and devices connected to the same network
  • Increased ability for businesses to compete in a global economy
  • Enhanced ability to download data as fast as your computer can save to its hard drive
  • The option to transfer data to and from the internet, faster than you send data to a USB thumb drive
  • The ability to send larger files online – critical in a business environment
  • Improved capabilities for rapid-response during crisis or disaster situations
  • Improved business communications and workplace efficiency

A strong telecommunications network is a top economic development recruiting tool. Spirit Communications, with its 11 member-owners, has enabled South Carolina leaders to easily promote the state as a Gigabit State. This claim can be made due to a robust fiber network providing gigabit capable connectivity throughout the state to anywhere in the world. Gigabit network capabilities made possible by Spirit and the member-owners make the state of South Carolina a top choice for businesses and consumers as they select where to open a new business or relocate.

Through the unique structure of Spirit Communications, with 11 member-owners working together, the most robust statewide fiber network has been developed. GigUP South Carolina is meant to promote the advances in the state’s gigabit internet capabilities that are the result of this unique business model — A model that showcases the combined efforts of the member-owner companies acting to meet the telecommunications needs of the state. Below are the facts surrounding South Carolina’s state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure made possible by the collective efforts of this group:

  • Over 1,000,000 miles of fiber running through over 91% of SC
  • Over 60,000 businesses with fiber passing premises
  • Over 1,100 SC schools with fiber on premises, serving 100% of schools in their service areas
  • Over 1,500 SC government agency locations with fiber, available to serve 100% of local agencies
  • Over 200,000 SC homes with fiber passing their front doors
  • Over 60% of SC has gigabit service available to residents
  • Over 80% of SC has gigabit service available to businesses

Regional GigUP Projects

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Fiber FAQs

Fiber, or Fiber Optic Cable as it is sometimes called, is made of thin flexible fibers of glass or other transparent solids to transmit light signals. It works much like a hallway lined with mirrors. The telecommunications signal (light) travels along the strand by reflecting off the mirror-clad walls of the cable. Using this method, information can move farther and faster than on traditional cables.

Fiber has several advantages over traditional cables. It is less expensive than equivalent lengths of copper wire. It is thinner than copper wire, therefore more of them can be bundled together. This allows for higher carrying capacity, meaning more phone lines, data, etc. can move down the line. Additionally, the signal sent down the fiber has less degradation, so it is a better user experience. Also, fiber is ideally suited for carrying digital signals making it significantly better for use in computer networks.

FTTH or FTTP is a method of delivering telecommunications services. In the past, service providers relied on copper or coaxial wire to deliver services from their core network to customers’ homes; and many still do. Spirit Telecom and its 11 member–owners routinely use fiber directly from their core all the way into each individual business and/or home. Frequently, other providers boast about their fiber optic networks, but what they don’t tell you is that while those fiber networks may be in your area, their connections to your business or home are much slower because they are non-fiber. And, since a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, you end up not getting the benefit of fiber-optic speed.

Gigabit internet is 1000 megabits per second (Mbps). Studies have shown that the average residential Internet connection in the United States is less than 10 Mbps, so gigabit internet is 100 times faster than the average U.S. connection. Among other things, gigabit internet enables streaming video from multiple devices, online gaming without any lag, uploading everything to the cloud for backup and transferring large files instantaneously. With gigabit internet, you spend less time waiting and more time enjoying.

Fiber is the technology that powers gigabit internet. To date:

  • Spirit and its member companies have over 1,000,000 fiber miles covering 91% of the State of South Carolina.
  • To date, 80% of SC counties has access to a business gigabit internet offering and over 60% has access to a residential gigabit Internet offering. Contact your service provider to determine availability in your area.

Spirit Communications and each member-owner have or will have their own individual packages and pricing. You will need to contact your provider to determine availability and price. The goal is for gigabit internet service to be affordable and within a price range that will encourage adoption of the fastest speed available in the country.

Switching to gigabit from the current service allows customers to download videos and online television shows without buffering, stream songs in seconds, connect with friends and family on social media in a blink, and connect more devices to the network without congestion. So basically, it provides a much better user experience.

The member-owners of Spirit Communications are committed to providing the best in telecommunications services regardless of whether a customer upgrades to gigabit or not. You will experience no changes in service. We will continue to maintain our network at the highest possible levels, and provide the best options available to all of our customers.

Your service provider will work with you to ensure that you have the appropriate equipment if you transition to gigabit.

  • A strong telecommunications network is a top economic development recruiting tool. Spirit Communications, with its 11 member-owners, has enabled South Carolina leaders to easily promote the state as a Gigabit State. This claim can be made due to a robust fiber network providing gigabit capable connectivity throughout the state to anywhere in the world.
  • GigUP South Carolina will help attract industries that demand the highest performance from their internet, and showcase the state as a top choice for businesses and consumers to relocate.


Learn More

Would you like to learn more about GigUP South Carolina? Simply complete the form below and you will be contacted by Spirit Communications or one of the 11 member-owners serving your area.

Encourage others to learn more and spread the word about the gigabit capable, fiber rich telecommunications network located in the state of South Carolina!

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