Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) was created.
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.
In 1984, HTC began publishing and distributing a countywide HTC Directory.
Horry Telephone Long Distance, Inc. (HTLD) began operating in 1992 as a means of offering subscriber’s discounts on their long distance toll services.
In 1993, HTC reached a milestone and installed its 50,000th Access Line.
In 1994, HTC implemented Local (411) Directory Assistance.
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.
In 1996, HTC Horizon Wireless began offering 100% digital wireless voice service in partnership with BellSouth Mobility DCS, now in partnership with AT&T.
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.
In 2002, HTC launched Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service to deliver high-speed Internet/data services to residential customers.
In 2002, HTC celebrated its 50th Anniversary on June 16th.
HTC refunded $10 membership fee to all HTC Membership. A membership fee is no longer a requirement to have products and services with HTC.
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.
HTC launched HTC Security, expanding residential service offerings to five product lines – Telephone, Cable, Internet, Wireless Phone & Security.
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.
HTC launched Bluewave fiber to the home services.
HTC becomes the Official Communications Provider for the Presidential Debates in Myrtle Beach.
Digital transition occurs.
HTC creates its first Facebook page.
HTC sent two crews to Kentucky to help after an ice storm.
HTC Horizon introduced the Apple iPhone 3G.
HTC Digital Cable launched CBS College Sports XXL.
HTC Digital Cable added FITTV, Oxygen, MLB Network and Big Ten Network to the channel lineup.
HTC launches New Portal for NetRacer at http://www.htcnetracer.net.
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.
HTC launched short code for text messaging.
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.
HTC introduced Call Manager feature for online phone management.
HTC Horizon introduced Netbooks.
HTC CEO, Curley Huggins retires.
Current COO, Mike Hagg, became new CEO, effective January 1, 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.
HTC Horizon launched the Apple iPhone 4.
HTC Horizon launched tablets, including the Apple iPad and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
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.
HTC Digital Cable launched Primetime On Demand.
HTC Digital Cable VOD offers over 3,000 hours of programming.
HTC Digital Cable added 10 new HD networks.
HTC High-Speed Internet increased speeds in some areas up to 8MB download.
HTC launched its new branding campaign and tagline “This is Life. Connect with it.”
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.
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.
HTC renovated the Socastee location.
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.
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.
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.
HTC Digital Cable announced the launch of HBO’s new authenticated online video destinations, HBO GO® & MAX GO®.
HTC opens doors to new office on Highway 501 across from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.
HTC and WFXB FOX TV launch the Arrive Alive, TXT L8R campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
HTC Digital Cable launched WATCHESPN and other Disney and ESPN networks on TV Everywhere.
HTC launches Life Connections magazine.