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Expanding Broadband Access in S.C.

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Back in May, we interviewed Nephron Pharmaceuticals’ CEO, Lou Kennedy, about the work she is doing with AccelerateSC, the governor’s task force assigned to help our state’s economy restart after the onslaught of the pandemic.  During the interview, she mentioned the need for more broadband Internet connectivity across South Carolina, especially in the rural areas, and especially with so much working and learning going on at home.  Our next guest is going to give us an update.

Mike Switzer interviews James Burns, an attorney with Nelson Mullins in Columbia and chair of the AccelerateSC team.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.