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CARES Act Funds Rural Broadband Expansion

HTC is committed to bridging the digital divide in our region, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cooperative is excited to have been selected to receive federal financial resources to help us expand broadband access to unserved areas.

The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) recently awarded HTC $1.8 million dollars through the South Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Program (SCBIP) to fund approximately $3.6 million worth of projects in Horry, Georgetown, and Marion counties. HTC is providing matching funds for these projects.

The SCBIP was created to provide high-speed broadband internet access to unserved South Carolinians who have been directly impacted by COVID-19. The funding for this project comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and is managed by the ORS.

The proposed HTC projects are focused in communities with the greatest need for internet access in responding to COVID-19. As the country adapts to new and different ways to handle necessary tasks, like remote education, telemedicine and working from home, high-speed internet access is critical. The projects to be completed by HTC will help increase broadband availability in rural portions of our region.

The projects are in progress and must be completed by Dec. 18, 2020, according to ORS regulations. Look for a more in-depth reveal of this project in the fall 2020 edition of Life Connections Magazine, expected to arrive in mailboxes on or around Dec. 1, 2020.

2 thoughts on “CARES Act Funds Rural Broadband Expansion

  1. Please tell me that HTC is coming to my area. We live in Nichols but are just outside the Horry County line. The only internet service in my area is HughesNet and it is about $150 a month. I have to have the internet since my son is doing virtual school. I have been an HTC customer for 20+ yrs, I have cell service but no landline at this time. My cell service is iffy on most days. If I am lucky I may have one bar, two if I stand in the middle of my yard. We moved to this area about a year and a half ago and I didn’t know that service out here was almost nonexistent. Please don’t get me wrong I love HTC and would never consider switching but internet and cable service out here are so horrible I literally could cry if it would help. Thank you so much for your time and any help would be greatly appreciated.

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