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

Key Scholarship Awarded to Local High School Seniors

The 2022 Key Scholarship award winners were recently recognized by HTC and Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union. This year’s winners were HCS Early College High School senior Mar’Teona Singleton and Johnsonville High School senior Braydin Moore.   This is the 16th year HTC and Carolina Trust have been awarded a $1,000 scholarship each.  High school seniors from Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, and the southern part of Florence County planning to attend either Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University were encouraged to apply.

“The Key Scholarship demonstrates our support of local students and higher education,” said Carlton Lewis, HTC Chief Operating Officer and Carolina Trust Board of Directors Member. “Both HTC and Carolina Trust are dedicated to investing in the communities we serve, and this scholarship provides an excellent opportunity to support our youth.”

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 2021 Christmas Giftaway is HERE!

HTC’s big Christmas Giftwaway is currently underway on our social media platforms! With just 7 days of prizes left, your chances to win are running out!

Ending December 16, we still have some great daily GIFTAWAYS planned, including:

  • RTIC 52 Quart Cooler
  • iPad Air
  • Toshiba 43-inch FireTV – the best way to watch HTC TV MAX
  • And MORE!

  Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to win! Like the post for the daily drawing to be entered.

2022 FRS Scholarship Program

Being a member of the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association means HTC also supports the Foundation For Rural Service (FRS). In particular, we are a conduit for the FRS’ Youth Programs. FRS provides scholarships, a Youth Tour, and a number of other programs to help invest in the next generation of leaders and citizens.

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Scholarship Program annually awards scholarships to an exceptional group of rural students for their first year of college or vocational school. All applicants require sponsorship by an NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association member company to be eligible.

This year, HTC is assisting in taking applications for the FRS Scholarship program. Each scholarship is valued at $2,000, and funds can be used to cover expenses related to attending a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. As the telecommunications service provider for Horry, Georgetown, and Marion counties, HTC will contribute an additional $500 to the scholarship if a student from our area is selected to receive the award, bringing the total scholarship to $2,500.

Eligible students must:

  • Have a parent or guardian that is an HTC Member
  • Be a graduating high school senior.
  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be sponsored by a current NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association member.
  • Be accepted by an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
  • Have at least a C grade point average (GPA).
  • Express an interest to return to a rural community following graduation.

The 2022 FRS Scholarship application window will open later this fall, and interested applicants should apply directly through FRS. To learn more and apply, click here.

When applying, the student should select HTC in Conway, SC from the Employer section. The address listed will be P.O. Box 1820, Conway, SC 29528-1820.

 

2022 FRS Youth Tour

Being a member of the NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association means HTC also supports the Foundation For Rural Service (FRS). In particular, we are a conduit for the FRS’ Youth Programs. FRS provides scholarships, a Youth Tour, and a number of other programs to help invest in the next generation of leaders and citizens.

Since 1995, FRS has hosted the Youth Tour to thousands of high school students from across rural America.  The Youth Tour is a chance for students to visit our nation’s capital and learn about rural broadband, share their community’s story with key legislative, regulatory and government figures as well as a forum for them to meet and interact with their peers from other rural communities. 

This year, HTC is assisting in taking applications for the FRS Youth Tour. The 2022 tour will be held June 1 through 5, and will give students a unique look at the telecommunications industry and the legislative process by visiting Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other governmental agencies.

To be considered for the 2022 FRS Youth Tour, candidates must:

  • Have a parent or guardian that is an HTC Member
  • Be a high school junior under the age of 18 at time of trip
  • Have at least a C grade point average (GPA) or better
  • Demonstrate leadership in organizations and interest in community through volunteer activities
  • Write a letter explaining why he or she would like to attend and stating his or her future plans beyond high school
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school official

High school juniors interested in being nominated for the Youth Tour should speak with their school’s guidance counselor about the opportunity. Guidance counselors will submit their suggested nominees to HTC no later than Wednesday, January 5, 2022.

HTC will carefully review each application and announce our two selections by the end of March.

To learn more about the tour, watch the video below or visit the FRS website. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Sarah Moody, HTC Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8422 or sarah.moody@htcinc.net.

 

Emergency Broadband Benefit Now Available

HTC is excited to announce the enrollment period for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) Program is now open.

The EBB Program is a temporary federal program designed to help households struggling to pay for internet service during the coronavirus pandemic. HTC members and prospective members who are eligible for the program can now sign-up to receive a temporary internet credit of up to a $50 on their monthly statement.

HTC members and prospective members can review FCC eligibility requirements and begin the enrollment process at www.htcinc.net/broadbandbenefit. It’s important to note, HTC does not determine a household’s eligibility. The member will receive approval for the program from the USAC’s National Verifier and the member will provide HTC with an enrollment code for verification.

The program will be available until funding runs out or until six months after the federal coronavirus “Emergency Period” as defined by congress, whichever comes first.

HTC is excited to be part of this opportunity and we look forward to serving you.

Join the HTC Team

The HTC team is growing and we’re looking for new talent to add to the Cooperative. Explore HTC careers or share the web link with those in the job market. 

HTC is ranked in the top 10 of Horry County employers and offers much more than just a paycheck. See the perks of working for HTC.

If you want to be more than an HTC member, check out the current career opportunities within the Cooperative.

AT&T Open Enrollment begins for device protection

Broken phone

Have you ever cracked a screen on a mobile device and wish you had purchased the insurance policy?

Through March 31, 2021, eligible AT&T customers outside of the 30-day window can sign up and get Device Protection in the Open Enrollment program.*

If you have an active postpaid wireless account, your device is not damaged and in good working condition, and the program claim limit has not been reached, you qualify to sign up against loss, theft and damage.

Visit one of our HTC Retail Locations today to inquire or sign up. Open Enrollment ends March 31.

*Certain restrictions apply

Are you taking advantage of these HTC services?

Whether you protect your family and home with HTC Connected Home Security or utilize HTC High-Speed Internet to stream your favorite TV shows on HTC TV MAX, there are free features offered by your Cooperative that you don’t want to miss.

From weekly content to faster streaming, HTC wants to improve your online learning, digital entertainment, and the way you connect with the Cooperative.

HTC My Account App

The HTC My Account app gives you access to nearly every aspect of your services from a mobile device. With a single click, you can pay your monthly statement, modify service details, or get troubleshooting information instantly. The My Account app is designed to put the power of HTC at your fingertips. The app is free and available for download now. Look for the new HTC My Account app in the Google Play Store and App Store.

Tech Tuesday

Use HTC High-Speed Internet to utilize some of the most helpful, creative, and inspiring apps and platforms featured on HTC Tech Tuesday segments. HTC Marketing Coordinator Leslie Causey introduces you to free website and mobile apps to make virtual learning, physical activity, and at-home crafts easier.

Follow for freebies

HTC periodically hosts giveaways on social media. We’ll partner with local restaurants, attractions, and retail vendors for merchandise and tickets to be given away to our fans and followers. During the holiday season, HTC gave away gift cards to Little River Deli, Dead Dog Saloon, The Trestle Bakery and others. Like and follow HTC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for your chance to win.

TV Everywhere

A subscription to HTC Digital Cable TV comes with TV Everywhere access included. With an HTC Digital Cable TV Everywhere username and password, you have access to some of the best shows, movies and live streams of networks available. TV Everywhere keeps you connected via your laptop, iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphone or gaming system. Create your username and password at HTC My Account.

Utilize these free services and features that come with your HTC membership.