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HTC Hotspots Providing Free Wi-Fi to the Community

As businesses and schools closed down during the pandemic, the need for reliable internet to work and learn was essential.  HTC made a commitment to keeping the community connected and partnered with community allies to create hotspots throughout Horry and Georgetown counties.

While we are moving toward a pre-COVID way of life, the need for internet access remains; therefore, the hotspots are still available in Horry and Georgetown, and HTC has added access points in Marion County.

The hotspots are open to the public and serve as the power needed to keep our community connected. While accessing the free public connection, users will have access to websites that have been pre-approved by the school districts.

HTC acknowledges and thanks Horry County Government, the school districts of Horry, Georgetown, and Marion Counties, and the Village Group for their partnership and assistance in this effort.

Where are the Wi-Fi hotspots located?

Horry County

      • James R. Frazier Community Center | 1370 Bucksport Rd, Bucksport, SC 
      • All Horry County Schools | Individual school locations can be found by visiting the Horry County Schools homepage

Georgetown County

      • High Schools: Andrews | Carvers Bay | Georgetown |Waccamaw
      • Elementary Schools: Brown’s Ferry |Plantersville |Pleasant Hill |Sampit
      • Plantersville Cultural Center |  7 Plantersville Road, Georgetown, SC
      • Plantersville Community Center | 180 Jackson Village Road, Georgetown, SC

Marion County

      • W.R. Saffold Community Center | 6874 Highway 908, Gresham, SC
      • Centenary Community Center | 4904 S. Highway 41-A, Marion, SC

What are the hours of operation?

Monday – Friday,  7am – 7pm

How do I connect to a hotspot?

Internet access is available in the parking lots of locations with a dedicated hotspot. When you are parked and ready to access the internet, look for the SSID “HTC Free WiFi”. No password is needed to access the Wi-Fi signal. Please note: Content restrictions will be applied and streaming video will not be allowed.

HTC Donates Electrical Lineman Technician Equipment to Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Pictured are, from left to right, are: HGTC Electrical Lineman Professors Robbie Vermeland & Scott Shoemaker; HTC Director of Construction Services Craig Johnson; and HTC Human Resources Representative Taylor Kennedy.

Local Cooperative Gifts Necessary Program Tools For Area Students

May 5, 2022, Conway, S.C. – HTC recently donated an electrical lineman technician bag and equipment to the Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) Electrical Lineman Technician Program.

The bag and equipment, which will be used by select students of the program, includes all of the pertinent tools needed to help in learning the skills needed for this unique job.

“We here at HGTC in the Electrical Lineman Technician Program are thankful for HTC’s involvement and contributions, including this generous donation of equipment,” said Scott Shoemaker, HGTC Electrical Lineman Professor. “The Cooperative’s commitment to assisting students and this program since it launched in 2015 is greatly appreciated.”

HTC is one of several utility companies in South Carolina that HGTC has partnered with to offer a comprehensive training program that will prepare candidates for entry-level line work positions in the electric or telecommunications industries.  Preparation includes providing a broad understanding of the skills, knowledge, safe work practices and physical ability required to perform line work. Students receive classroom and field training in math, electrical circuit analysis, power systems, and transformer theory, as well as safety and climbing techniques.

“The donation of this equipment is just one of the ways HTC is investing in the future of our workforce and the community,” said Craig Johnson, Director of Construction Services at HTC. “We greatly appreciate the HGTC Electrical Lineman Program, as it gives those interested in the electrical and telecommunications industries a chance to get the fundamental training and experience necessary prior to joining the workforce.”

To learn more about HGTC’s Electrical Lineman Program, click here.

To learn more about HTC, including the Cooperative’s commitment to the area, visit www.htcinc.net.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as Wi-Fi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net. For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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HTC Hosts 2022 REEL Kids Celebration for Area Students at Ripley’s Aquarium

21st Annual Event Held To Recognize Students Who Demonstrate Leadership Excellence While Overcoming Life Challenges

Conway, S.C., April 29, 2022 – HTC held the Cooperative’s Recognizing Extraordinary Examples of Leadership (REEL) Kids celebration this past Thursday at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. The REEL Kids program, which was launched in 2001, is structured to recognize students who demonstrate leadership excellence while overcoming life challenges.

This year, for the first time in REEL Kids history, HTC had the opportunity to expand the program beyond Horry County schools to now also include schools from both Georgetown and Marion counties.

As part of the celebration, this year’s REEL Kids were able to tour the Aquarium, were provided lunch and heard from Coastal Carolina University Head Football Coach Jamey Chadwell. Coach Chadwell’s speech focused on the importance of perseverance, overcoming adversity and being the best student, friend and teammate possible. In addition, current Las Vegas Raiders (and Socastee High School graduate) Hunter Renfrow sent in a special video message congratulating the 2021-22 REEL Kids award winners. 

“When we receive the nominations from the schools and read about the hardships these young people have endured, we are humbled,” said Mike Hagg, HTC CEO. “The most remarkable fact is that the REEL Kids have overcome what some would have seen as stumbling blocks. It is our pleasure to be able to provide this program for them to be recognized for their great accomplishments.”

Videos for each REEL Kid can be viewed by visiting https://www.htcinc.net/community/htc-reel-kids/. To learn more about HTC, including the Cooperative’s commitment to the area, visit www.htcinc.net.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as Wi-Fi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net. For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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Streaming Video Personalized Just for You

Thanks to HTC’s recommendation tool, you can find the streaming package* that best suits your budget…and viewing preferences. Plus, with HTC Internet, you can get speeds up to 1GB, you can stream your digital entertainment with confidence!

Learn more, and get YOUR recommendations, at https://www.htcinc.net/streaming-choices/.

*Please note HTC only offers HTC TV MAX. All other video streaming services listed in the link above are available from their individual providers and accessible with the use of HTC Internet.

HTC Employees and Members Donate More Than 1,500 Books to Area Literacy Charities

HTC recently donated more than 1,500 books to area non-profit literacy organizations in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties in observance of March being National Reading Month.

During March, HTC collected both new and gently used children’s books for kids ages 0-10 at all eight HTC retail locations. In addition, the Cooperative donated a book for every new HTC TV MAX subscription during the month.

The donated books were distributed among the following organizations:

  • Families Read: Horry County
  • Freedom Readers: Georgetown County
  • Kings Court: Marion County

To learn more about how HTC helps throughout the community, visit https://www.htcinc.net/community/.

HTC Supports March of Dimes

Supporting community initiatives is part of the core principles of being a Cooperative. As part of this, HTC is proud to be supporting this year’s March For Babies event held by the area’s chapter of the March of Dimes. Taking place Saturday, May 14 at Broadway at the Beach, there is still time to register for the event or make a donation. You can learn more, and sign up today, by visiting here.

Prevent False Security Alarms with These Tips!

In 2011, Horry County Government implemented a False Alarm ordinance that states a monitored residence or business will be allowed up to two false alarm responses within a year. The 12-month period utilized by the County to determine violations begins on the date of the first false alarm.  Third and subsequent false alarms within this specified time period may each result in a $200 fee. To ensure you don’t face this issue, follow the steps below.

  1. Know your system. Make sure everyone knows how to arm, disarm and cancel an alarm.
  2. Know your password. Make sure everyone knows your password in the event of a false alarm.
  3. Keep your emergency contact list current. Call 843-369-7803 to update your emergency contact information. HTC recommends you have a minimum of two contacts on your list in case of an alarm.

To see additional steps to take with your HTC Security system, visit https://www.htcinc.net/support/security/false-alarms/.