Broadband Access and the Advent of COVID-19

Broadband Access and the Advent of COVID-19 By Pamela Bretscher  Clemson University has been studying the extent and impacts of poor broadband access in South Carolina since 2019. According to BroadbandNow, South Carolina ranks 31st in the United States in broadband coverage, with 344,000 residents lacking the minimum accepted broadband speed of 25 Mbps. Additionally, 23% of schools and 34% of hospitals in rural South Carolina do not meet minimum broadband requirements. This “digital divide” and its repercussions have been magnified by the advent of COVID-19 and the switch to primarily digital methods of schooling and healthcare.   This unprecedented reliance on telecommunications has highlighted the urgency of narrowing the digital divide. Our research focused on uncovering the [...]

September 22nd, 2020|Comments Off on Broadband Access and the Advent of COVID-19

CEDC Institutional Amnesia

CEDC Institutional Amnesia By Isabella Short and Vikramjit Singh Imagine spending hundreds of hours working on a project, then having the students who come after you be unable to recall the work you did. This is a phenomenon known as institutional amnesia and is a challenge Clemson Engineers for Developing Communities (CEDC) is confronting today. CEDC is a student-led College of Engineering, Computing, & Applied Sciences (CECAS) Signature Program at Clemson University. Being student-led is one of the program’s most unique elements but is a double-edged sword. Students do incredible work, but when they graduate, the knowledge created may easily become lost and not be passed on to the next group of students. [...]

October 31st, 2022|Comments Off on CEDC Institutional Amnesia
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