Historical Timeline


1952

Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) was created.
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1958

HTC initiated its dial tone service in 1952, first offering telephone service to approximately 264 residents of rural Horry County and quickly grew to over 1,500 customers by 1958.
 

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1969

HTC was the first telephone company in the Southeastern United States to complete an upgrade process and fully implement private line service with its service area.

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1972

In 1972, HTC was the first telephone company in the Southeastern United States to complete an upgrade process and fully implement private line service within its service area.

 

1983

Horry Telephone Cablevision (now referred to as HTC Digital Cable) was formed in 1983, offering many residents their first look at cable television and popular channels such as USA and WTBS (now TBS).

 

1984

In 1984, HTC began publishing and distributing a countywide HTC Directory.

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1992

Horry Telephone Long Distance, Inc. (HTLD) began operating in 1992 as a means of offering subscriber’s discounts on their long distance toll services.

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1993

In 1993, HTC reached a milestone and installed its 50,000th Access Line.

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1994

In 1994, HTC implemented Local (411) Directory Assistance.

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1995

In 1995, HTC became one of the first direct local Internet access providers in the area. Horry Telephone offered customers a local on-ramp to the information superhighway, and in less than a year provided access to over 1,600 subscribers.

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1996

In 1996, HTC Horizon Wireless began offering 100% digital wireless voice service in partnership with BellSouth Mobility DCS, now in partnership with AT&T.

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1998

In 1998, HTC introduced HTC Communications, Inc. In 1999, HTC began offering local dial tone services in the city limits of Conway, within the city limits of Myrtle Beach, and to the Pawleys Island community through HTC Communications.

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2002

In 2002, HTC launched Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service to deliver high-speed Internet/data services to residential customers.

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2002

In 2002, HTC celebrated its 50th Anniversary on June 16th.

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2005

HTC refunded $10 membership fee to all HTC Membership. A membership fee is no longer a requirement to have products and services with HTC.

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2006

In March 2006, HTC launched its Home Integration service. HTC Home Integration offers home wiring for the future with telephone, digital cable, high-speed internet, wireless home networking, whole house audio, surround sound, home theatre, certified structured wiring, security systems and monitoring.

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2006

HTC launched HTC Security, expanding residential service offerings to five product lines – Telephone, Cable, Internet, Wireless Phone & Security.

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2006

HTC began paying capital credits on all HTC and HTC Communications services. If a customer subscribes to telephone and cable, they can receive capital credits based on Internet and HTC Wireless services in addition to telephone and cable.

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2007

HTC launched Bluewave fiber to the home services.

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2008

HTC becomes the Official Communications Provider for the Presidential Debates in Myrtle Beach.

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2009

Digital transition occurs.

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2009

HTC creates its first Facebook page.

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2009

HTC sent two crews to Kentucky to help after an ice storm.

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2009

HTC Horizon introduced the Apple iPhone 3G.

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2009

HTC Digital Cable launched CBS College Sports XXL.

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2009

HTC Digital Cable added FITTV, Oxygen, MLB Network and Big Ten Network to the channel lineup.

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2009

HTC launches New Portal for NetRacer at http://www.htcnetracer.net.

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2009

HTC reopened the newly renovated full service retail location at 38th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach located in Plantation Point Plaza. The redesigned office included more than 2500 square feet of retail space and individual workstations that provided much greater customer comfort and privacy.

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2009

HTC launched short code for text messaging.

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2009

HTC Digital Cable added 13 new HD networks to the lineup include E! HD, G4 HD, VERSUS HD, Golf Channel HD, ABC Family HD, Cartoon Network HD, Disney HD, ESPNews HD, Discovery HD, TLC HD, Animal Planet HD, Planet Green HD and Science HD.

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2009

HTC introduced Call Manager feature for online phone management.

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2009

HTC Horizon introduced Netbooks.

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2009

HTC CEO, Curley Huggins retires.

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2009

Current COO, Mike Hagg, became new CEO, effective January 1, 2010.

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2010

HTC Horizon launched 3G Microcells. The 3G MicroCell connects to a broadband Internet connection and improves wireless voice and data coverage at home or in a small business environment. A 3G MicroCell is like a mini wireless tower, providing more bars in more places in homes that currently have little or no wireless coverage.

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2010

HTC Horizon launched the Apple iPhone 4.

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2010

HTC Horizon launched tablets, including the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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2010

HTC Digital Cable introduced Follow Me TV Multi-Room DVR service. Follow Me TV™ Multi-Room DVR offers you the ability to send any DVR-recorded show to any connected TV in your home.

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2010

HTC Digital Cable launched Primetime On Demand.

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2010

HTC Digital Cable VOD offers over 3,000 hours of programming.

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2010

HTC Digital Cable added 10 new HD networks.

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2010

HTC High-Speed Internet increased speeds in some areas up to 8MB download.

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2010

HTC launched its new branding campaign and tagline “This is Life. Connect with it.”

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2011

HTC officials announced that membership in the Cooperative, with its associated benefits, expanded to include all HTC customers with qualifying services: telephone, cable television, high-speed internet and data, mobile telephone or security monitoring; regardless of service location in Horry and Georgetown Counties.

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2011

HTC Digital Cable reached a new agreement for carriage of NFL Network as the exclusive local provider. As part of the deal, HTC provides NFL Network’s NFL RedZone.

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2011

HTC renovated the Socastee location.

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2011

HTC President, Ken Summerall, passed away unexpectedly in September. Mr. Summerall served his community as Director of the Horry County Salvation Army Advisory Board, Chairman of the Horry County Heart Fund Drive, Chairman of the Horry County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Director of the Conway Kiwanis Club, a member of the Conway Citizens Advisory Committee, and President of the Horry County Theatre of the Republic.

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2011

HTC names Mr. Delan Stevens as the new Director of Conway-District 1 to fullfil the unexpired term of the late Ken Summerall and announces Mr. Charles Whaley as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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2011

HTC expanded in-house Internet customer support group at the HTC Main Headquarters in Conway. HTC Internet Customer Support Team offers multiple levels of technical support to HTC High-Speed Internet subscribers.

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2012

HTC Digital Cable announced the launch of HBO’s new authenticated online video destinations, HBO GO® & MAX GO®.

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2012

HTC opens doors to new office on Highway 501 across from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

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2012

HTC and WFXB FOX TV launch the Arrive Alive, TXT L8R campaign.

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2012

HTC announced changes to the http://www.htcnetracer.net home page including new features and name change. The name of the home pape changed to HTC Connect and the new domain is http://www.HTCConnect.com.

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2012

O’Neal Miller, Chief Executive-Financial Operations, was selected to receive one of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s (NTCA) highest recognitions of individual excellence, the Management Achievement Award.

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2013

HTC announces Mr. Carlton Lewis, current HTC Comptroller, as Chief Financial Officer. The promotion follows the retirement of former CFO, O’Neal Miller, in October 2012.

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2013

HTC rolls Tech Connect, a computer service that provides virus/spyware removal and (OS) operating system reload services for HTC Internet customers and non-customers.

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2014

HTC LifeSentry Launched; HTC LifeSentry provides emergency help with the push of a button. A base station with a wearable pendant device features one button activation and two-way voice communication with the HTC Security Center.

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2015

Mr. Jon Tyler joined the HTC team as Chief Executive of Sales and Customer Service. Mr. Tyler has nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry working for CT Communications in Concord, NC as Vice President of Customer Service and later serving as a consultant supporting North and South Carolina telephone companies and cooperatives.

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2015

With nearly 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, he has worked with HTC for almost 25 years serving in various roles from public relations and marketing to customer service and sales. In his new position, he continues to oversee HTC’s marketing efforts, but will also be responsible for regulatory efforts on the federal, state and local levels.

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2015

With EPIX, HTC Digital Cable subscribers can enjoy a new movie channel offering huge Hollywood hits – uncut and commercial free, world-class concerts, comedy specials, original programming and more!

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2015

HTC Digital Cable launched WATCHESPN and other Disney and ESPN networks on TV Everywhere.

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2016

HTC launches Life Connections magazine.

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2017

HTC Tech Connect expanded its role to offer more repair and security services to customers.

 

 

2018

HTC unveils a newly redesigned website.