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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.

Applications for the 2023 FRS Scholarship will open November 14, 2022, and will be accepted until February 8, 2023. 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

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 will assist by in taking applications for the Tour.  This year’s annual event is scheduled for May 31 – June 4, 2023.   The tour 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 as a candidate for the 2023 FRS Youth Tour, you 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.

Don’t Adjust Your Television – it May Be Sunspots

Have you ever heard of sunspots? You probably haven’t, but you may have experienced them.

Twice a year, in the spring and the fall, HTC Video members everywhere can possibly experience the effects of sunspots, also known as Sun Transit or Sun Fade. This fall, Sunspots may occur between October 2 and October 14. During this time, channels may go dark, pixelate or freeze for up to 10 minutes at a time.

These interruptions are caused by solar radiation overwhelming satellite signals. During the spring and fall equinoxes, the sun’s path lines up directly between the ground and space satellites. The solar radiation in this line causes black screen or pixilation.

Talk about a science lesson!

On the bright side, these issues resolve on their own when the sun moves and shouldn’t last for more than 10 minutes. For a great visual explanation of sunspots, check out this clip:

Since this is all dependent on the movement of the sun, there is nothing HTC can do to stop sunspots from potentially impacting your video service. We hope to see these issues decrease over time as television affiliates transition to more internet-based services instead of satellite-based ones.

If you experience channel loss for more than 10 minutes at a time or in the nighttime hours, this could indicate a more significant issue beyond sunspots. In this case, you should call HTC Technical Support at 843-365-2186. Available 24/7/365, we’ll be able to quickly respond and work to correct any issue you may have.

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.

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 access the free public connections, only websites that have been pre-approved by the school districts are accessible.

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.  Search for the SSID “HTC Free WiFi” to connect, no password is required. Please note: Due to content restrictions, streaming video is not allowed.

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.

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