The availability of abundant, stable and competitive utility infrastructure is the vital underpinning of Charleston's business community. Businesses operating in the Charleston Digital Corridor benefit from reliable and competitive communications, electric, water and wastewater infrastructure provided by a host of recognized local, national and international service providers. The Digital Corridor coordinates with all infrastructure providers to make sure company needs and expectations are met.
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Telecommunication companies providing service in the Corridor include the following:
Comcast Business delivers lightning-fast speed with features that can help take your business to the next level, along with reliability and customer service that lets you forget about your Internet service and get down to business. No wonder Comcast Business was ranked number one in small business broadband customer satisfaction.
AT&T is a Fortune 100 communications services company serving more than 45 million customers in the United States and 16 other countries. AT&T provides a full array of voice and broadband data and e-commerce solutions, including managed Web hosting and other Internet services. AT&T is the largest facilities-based services company in Charleston with nearly 500 employees and more than $483 million in capital investment in the Lowcountry. BellSouth provides businesses in the Charleston Digital Corridor with redundant data services, such as ATM, SmartRing, Gigabit Ethernet and Lightgate service to name a few - all served by more than 35,000 miles of fiber optic cable and 70 self-healing SONET facilities.
Home Telephone Company is an independent telecommunications company located in beautiful Berkeley County, South Carolina. Home provides full-service, quality telecommunications throughout Berkeley County and part of Dorchester County. It is a "one-stop shop" for telecommunications services including local and long distance telephone services, cable television, Internet access and paging. Home Telephone Company continues to grow and today has an all-digital central office serving 23,000 access lines.
Nuvox offers a comprehensive selection of high-speed Internet access, data, local, long distance, and enhanced telecommunications services. Nuvox has a fully deployed network including Cisco packet-based switches, Lucent Technologies, Inc. AnyMediaTM 5ESS-2000 switches, Siemens Information and Communications Networks EWSD digital switches, and 80 co-locations across the South.
With an integrated highway system, a growing international airport and the second busiest container port along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, businesses located in the Charleston region have efficient access to the marketplace - by air, land and sea.
Charleston is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. Due to increased demand, air service to and from the Charleston region continues to grow. The Charleston International Airport is steadily expanding flight schedules to both domestic and international destinations.
Charleston's airport is served by five airlines, and handles approximately 124 daily flights. A sixth airline will begin service in 2011. The Charleston region is also home to six executive airports to accommodate corporate and personal aircraft.
More than 150 trucking firms serve the region.
The Port of Charleston is one of the busiest container ports along the Southeast and Gulf coasts. Northern Europe and Asia are the port's top markets, combining for 63% of total volume, but more than 140 countries in all are served directly from Charleston's docks.
Charleston's port terminals are closer to the open sea than any competing port by a significant margin. With deep, wide channels and a short traveling distance, Charleston's facilities allow ships to spend minimal time in-port.
The Charleston Commissioners of Public Works (CPW) is a regional provider of potable water service. In addition to providing water, CPW provides retail wastewater service to customers in the City of Charleston. Through careful planning, CPW has developed four very reliable raw water sources, an exceptional water treatment facility and a strong transmission system capable of providing large volumes of high-quality water for potable consumption, fire protection and economic development opportunities. CPW takes pride in having the opportunity to serve the many businesses that call the Charleston Digital Corridor home.
SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with more than 1.5 million energy customers in three states, provides natural gas and generates and distributes electricity for the Charleston region. Solid energy infrastructure, coupled with an unparalleled commitment to reliability and customer satisfaction, gives SCANA customers efficient and affordable service they can count on. Our network of generation facilities ensures maximum reliability for power-dependent companies in the digital, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.