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Chamber honors legislators for support of business, technology
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Buddy Bateman (second from left) and Pamela Lackey (right) with AT&T join Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce President Deborah Outlaw (left) and Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton (third from left) in the presentation of chamber proclamations of recognition to S.C. Sen. Vincent Sheheen (third from right) and Rep. Laurie Funderburk (second from right).

As AT&T announced the availability of its third generation (3G) mobile broadband network in Camden in early December, extending access for advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content to customers in the area, two Kershaw County legislators were recognized for their contributions toward helping such technological progress to be made.

Area residents and businesses in Camden and surrounding neighborhoods can benefit from the 3G network carried across seven enhanced cell sites, as can Camden-area commuters travelling along Interstate 20. AT&T also recently launched two new cell sites in neighboring Fort Jackson along Hartsville Guards Road and Johnson Rifle Road, enhancing coverage for military personnel on the base.  In addition, a new cell site was activated in Columbia to enhance coverage along Two-Notch Road in the vicinity of Harrison and Covenant Roads.

S.C. Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk and Sen. Vincent Sheheen were honored by the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce as “Distinguished Friends of Business” in South Carolina and lauded for their “outstanding leadership and dedication to business development and employment in Kershaw County and across the State.”

“Today and into the future, broadband is the key to jobs in all sectors of South Carolina’s economy -- education, health care, transportation, professional services and public safety,” said Funderburk. “I am encouraged that steps we have taken over a number of years to modernize our telecom laws are continuing to pay dividends and attract investment that will encourage job growth and fuel economic opportunities for our citizens.”

“This is good news, especially at a time when attracting new investment is still a challenge across the country, for it shows AT&T is continuing its commitment to make new and better technologies available to serve consumers and stimulate economic growth,” said Sheheen.  “Advanced communications systems and services such as wireless broadband are absolutely essentially to economic growth and to job creation in a digital, global marketplace.”

Kershaw County is fortunate to have elected leaders such as Sheheen and Funderburk, said Chamber Executive Director Liz Horton.

 “Their commitment to promoting public policies that encourage investment and innovation makes our community stronger and lays the foundation for greater economic opportunity for everyone,” she said.

AT&T is an industry leader in delivering the benefits of mobile broadband networks, devices and applications.

“These investments in smart networks are enabling the innovation of today and tomorrow that will enhance economic growth and stimulate jobs in South Carolina,” said Pamela Lackey, president, AT&T South Carolina. “In addition, with this expansion local residents and businesses can enjoy the nation’s best, most advanced mobile broadband experience with emerging devices and tens of thousands of mobile applications.”