Save up to $30/mo. on your internet bill when you enroll in the Affordable Connectivity Program!

Five Steps to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Staying informed and connected to family and friends, especially during severe weather events, is a top priority. It’s imperative to plan ahead for how your family will handle hurricane evacuations if a major storm threatens our coast.

HTC wants you to know before severe storms hit our area, we take necessary precautions. These precautions are to protect our equipment and support you with reliable service.

HTC teams place sand bags around our retail offices and remote stations. This is to protect the equipment that provides your telecommunication services. We also prepare our generators to be available and ready to use in a time of need.

Lastly, we prepare for any outages caused by severe storms by assembling teams that work 24/7 to monitor disruptions in service. We deploy those teams as soon as it’s safe for our employees to travel to remote stations and make the needed repairs to restore service.

HTC is dedicated to creating a storm preparation plan that keeps our employees safe and you connected to those who matter most. Your cooperative wants the same for your family. You need to follow these five simple steps to prepare for hurricane season.

  1. First, be sure your cellphones and other mobile devices are fully charged. Have extra or chargeable batteries as backups or have an external battery charger on hand for additional usage.
  2. Second, consider a quality surge protector for your home. A whole-house surge protector will guard against power surges caused by lightning or downed power lines. Without this protection, electronics and appliances in your home are susceptible to major damage from extreme bolts of electricity.
  3. Third, build a family communication plan. Be sure everyone’s cell phones have the correct phone numbers for out of area family members, and choose a point of contact for all family members to contact if they become separated.
  4. Fourth, if flooding is a concern, move your electronics and HTC equipment to a higher room in your home, like the second floor or attic, if possible.
  5. Lastly, backup important data from your computer, phones and cameras on external hard drives or thumb drives. The cloud is ideal for saving all your information so you don’t have to worry about protecting the equipment.

Preparing now will help you better protect your family when major storms approach our community.

It PAYS to be a Member at HTC

This year, HTC’s Board of Directors approved a 2022 Capital Credit refund of $9.5 million to the membership. This year’s refund represents a portion of the 2005, 2006 and 2020 allocations. With the 2022 return, HTC has refunded more than $165 million to members in our local community since 1979.  No other telecommunications company gives back to its members like HTC!

If your Capital Credit was $50 or less, it will be applied to your HTC account. If your Capital Credit was over $50, you will receive a check in the mail (if you’ve not already).

You can learn more about Capital Credits, and the other benefits of being a cooperative member here

Taste of the Town is Back for 2022!

It’s almost time for the 2022 Taste of the Town!

The Myrtle Beach-area’s premier culinary event of the year will be taking place on Tuesday, October, 18 from 4-10 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Established in 1984 by Saint Andrew Catholic School, Taste of the Town features many of the Grand Strand’s Finest restaurants.  Additionally, culinary awards, live entertainment, and a silent auction makes this event one of the most highly anticipated food festivals in the area.

HTC is proud to be a long standing sponsor of this worthwhile event.

Follow us on  Facebook for your chance to win FREE tickets. 

HTC Celebrates New School Year Through Donations to Area First Steps Organizations

HTC, the area’s largest fiber Internet provider, used the month of August to pledge $5 per new HTC TV Max subscription generated during the month, along with employee donations, to give back to local First Steps organizations in Horry, Georgetown and Marion Counties in celebration of students returning for the 2022-23 school year.

These donations are a part of HTC’s ongoing “Helping The Community” efforts. HTC employees donated $1,500 to Horry County First Steps during the month of August. The money comes directly out of the Jean Day fund, which is an initiative HTC started that allows its employees to wear jeans every Friday in return for a small annual charitable contribution. Jean Day funds are given back to the local community throughout the year in the form of charitable donations. In addition, similar to previous community donation efforts, the Cooperative pledged to donate $5 for every new HTC TV Max subscription during the month of August to Georgetown and Marion First Steps programs. The pledge brought a total of $1,500 per First Steps branch.

First Steps is a non-profit organization with the mission of being able to bridge the gap on student’s preparedness for success in elementary school. With the belief that parents are a child’s best teacher, First Steps partners with families to provide resources to support the success of children from birth through age five.  Learn more.

Make Your Home Safer AND Smarter

Staying safe and secure should always be a priority for your family and your home.  Having a security system from HTC can help you with that.

But why stop there? In addition to being safe, you can also have a more connected, and convenient, home experience all powered by HTC Security and Automation. You can check security cameras, control your thermostat and lights, lock your doors and even close the garage, whether you’re at home or on the go!

Learn More.

Celebrate Harvest Home Weekend at Brookgreen Gardens

scarecrows, pumpkins and corn maze

HTC business member Brookgreen Gardens will be holding their annual Harvest Home Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 1-2. Fun for the entire family, the event will feature:

  • A pumpkin patch
  • Scarecrow building and a hay maze
  • Mystery scarecrow making
  • Pumpkin decorating
  • Food vendors
  • Entertainment from Alabama Theater favorite Greg Rowles
  • And more!

Check out the full line-up of the weekend’s festivities.