April 18, 1994
MidNet Receives $100,000 Grant for Start-Up
Community networks had been established in a few communities around the country as of 1994 but none existed in South Carolina. Dr. Dan Barron and Dr. Stephen Bajjaly became interested in getting one established for the Midlands area of the state. They enlisted the cooperation and participation of SCETV, the Richland County Public Library, and the USC Libraries and wrote a grant proposal in response to a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) request for proposals. The grant was made on April 18, 1994, and was one of the 12 funded in all of the U.S.! MidNet went online in February 1995 and by 1996 had over 6,000 subscribers.
MidNet has a big kick-off reception at the Richland County Public Library