Census: South Carolina falling behind in Internet access

Published: Jun. 11, 2013 at 11:18 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2013 at 11:18 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The US Census Bureau says South Carolina is falling behind when it comes to computer access at home.

More than 21 percent of South Carolinians do not have a home computer. On a national level, we're ranked significantly lower than other states, and of those who do have a computer at home, 13.5 percent don't have the Internet.

"For me, I have to leave my house and go come out and either come to a library or go to someone else's home," said library patron Stephanie Austin.

Mississippi and New Mexico were the only two states ranked behind us.

If you can't afford a home computer or the Internet, there is a place you can go for free and that's your public library. Many people we found there say they may not be able to afford these resources on their own, but going without them simply isn't an option anymore.

"It's a great disadvantage not to have it at home, but it's an advantage to be able to come to the library and use it," said Tiffany Miller.

The staff at the Richland County Public Library says their computers are full about 80 percent of the time. Last year, they had 750,000 Internet users in their 11 locations.

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