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HTC 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!

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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.

 

HTC announces next phase of broadband expansion in Marion and Georgetown counties

HTC announces next phase of broadband expansion in Marion and Georgetown counties

[CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA July 28, 2021] – HTC announced today $9 million worth of broadband expansion projects in Marion and Georgetown counties, made possible by local public-private partnerships and state and federal funds. These projects, which will build off the success of HTC’s $4.7 million in CARES Act projects, will be complete by September of 2022.

As a local cooperative with decades of experience in building local fiber networks, HTC has the knowledge and skills needed to help bridge the digital divide quickly. After HTC completed its CARES Act projects ahead of schedule, local leaders helped the Cooperative keep the momentum going.

“This second phase of projects wouldn’t be possible without the support of leaders across the community,” said Von Todd, Chief Executive, Corporate Strategy & Analytics. “When HTC stepped up last fall to begin connecting homes in Marion and Georgetown, everyone from the school districts to church leaders to elected officials partnered with us to help champion these additional projects.”

“We are excited for phase two of HTC’s broadband expansion in Marion,” said Marion County Administrator Tim Harper. “This partnership between HTC and Marion County will help improve the lives of our citizens, and we look forward to continuing to find funding for future projects that will continue to expand broadband access throughout our county.”

“HTC’s commitment to Georgetown County began long before the pandemic, but our partnership has allowed us to accelerate broadband expansion and spur transformational change throughout the county,” said Georgetown County Administrator Angela Christian.

HTC is deploying fiber to the home in these areas, which is the industry gold standard for broadband infrastructure.

“With speeds of up to 1 Gig, our state-of-the-art fiber network will allow residents in Marion and Georgetown to seamlessly connect to what matters most,” Todd said. “They’ll also enjoy the benefits of being a local Cooperative member, which includes competitive pricing, 24/7 local technical support, and earning capital credits.”

While these projects won’t cover the entirety of the counties, HTC hopes to announce additional phases in both counties this fall.

Future HTC members can request service by calling 843-369-8633 or by visiting www.htcinc.net/broadbandexpansion.  HTC will notify residents once service is available in their areas. 

 

About HTC

HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates over 65 years of service to Horry, Georgetown, and Marion counties as a local communications leader.  HTC offers High Speed Internet, Digital Cable, Digital Wireless, Home Security, local telephone and long distance service, and advanced business services such as Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN), Managed Networks, VOIP Solutions, WiFi Solutions, Firewall and Security services. HTC provides these services utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network.

Brent Groome receives Order of the Palmetto

From left, Representative Kevin Hardee, Senator Luke Rankin, Brent Groome, Senator Greg Hembree.

CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA – On Friday, January 29, Brent Groome received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the State of South Carolina. Representative Kevin Hardee, Senator Greg Hembree, and Senator Luke Rankin presented the honor on behalf of Governor Henry McMaster, recognizing Groome for his 30 years of service to HTC and his contributions to the state and the telecommunications industry.

Throughout his career, and most recently as Chief Executive of Corporate Communications and Government Relations, Groome has led HTC in supporting the local educational system, staying true to the Cooperative’s values and mission, and being the industry leader for improving broadband access to rural communities across South Carolina.

“As Horry County has grown, and our region has grown, it has been critical that HTC be on the front end of the newest, greatest technology,” said Senator Greg Hembree. “Brent has been a leader on broadband in South Carolina and in our area to the point that nearly 100% of Horry County is served by broadband. Brent also has a passion for education and our children and understanding how critical the opportunity for a high quality education is for every child in South Carolina, particularly in Horry County.”

“At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Brent was at the forefront of the conversation with state leaders and internet providers to help connect our students at home and facilitate collaboration across the state,” said Senator Rankin. “Horry County shines in many ways statewide, particularly in the telecommunications world, and that is not accidental. HTC and leaders like Brent have helped us shine by helping people get things done and helping us advance our region.”

“Our state and local leaders have always looked to Brent for insight on industry-related issues,” Representative Hardee said. “He has a keen ability to see every side of the issue, and propose alternative solutions that few have considered.”

“The impact HTC has on its local community, the integrity of its employees, and the changes seen in South Carolina’s movement toward broadband for all would not be what they are today without the leadership and expertise Brent brings to the table,” said HTC CEO Mike Hagg. “He has guided the Cooperative through three decades of change and pioneered innovation that will shape the future of HTC.”

Groome was both surprised and humbled by the honor.

“It’s not about me,” he said. “My accomplishments pale in comparison to what HTC employees do every day to improve the communities where we live and serve. My time has been richly rewarded and I have been truly blessed to work with some terrific people over my tenure on the local, state, and national level.”

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

Scam targets HTC members

HTC is aware of a scam circulating via email that targets HTC customers.

The image above this is a copy of the fake email. HTC would never ask you to download a secure file.

Another giveaway that this email is fake can be seen in the “from” line, which does not have an @htcinc.net address.

Please do not download or click on any links in emails of this nature.

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union, HTC partner to offer scholarships

Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) have partnered to offer two scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors from Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg, and the southern part of Florence County. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to rising college freshmen seeking a four-year degree from Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University. The scholarship may be renewed for an additional three years in the amount of $500 per year should the award recipient continue to meet qualifying criteria. The amount a Key Scholarship recipient may be awarded over a four-year period is $2,500.

Download the application here

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a graduating high school
  • Have at least a 3.0
  • Be accepted by and plan to attend either Coastal Carolina University (CCU) or Francis Marion University (FMU) for at least four
  • Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 college credit hours (full-time status) at either CCU or

Application Instructions

  • Type (preferred) or print all requested
  • Complete the scholarship application in full and mail by March 5, 2021. If any information is incomplete, the application could be rejected. If the application is postmarked after March 5, 2021 the application will be
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a school faculty member on the form
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a local community individual (other than an educator or family member) on the form
  • Provide a copy of Parents/Guardians’ most recent IRS Income Tax Return and list of miscellaneous benefits received (in the form of government or parental support).
  • Include your most recent high school grade transcript with all seven semesters represented including cumulative GPA and Senior Class
  • All signatures must be provided where indicated on the

Terms and Conditions

  • Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to rising college freshmen attending either Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University for a four-year degree. The scholarship may be renewed for an additional three years in the amount of $500 per year should the award recipient continue to meet qualifying criteria. The criteria include maintaining a 3.0 GPA and a full-time semester schedule of at least 12 hours at either Coastal Carolina University or Francis Marion University. The total amount a Key Scholarship recipient may be awarded over a four-year period is $2,500.
  • Applications will be reviewed and winners selected by an anonymous qualified selection committee of business
  • Winners will be notified in May
  • Awards will be paid to the University upon proof of acceptance and registration at either CCU or FMU and verification of student application information
  • Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or
  • Incomplete applications may not be considered. Refer to the checklist on the application form to ensure all components of the application have been
  • Employees of Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and HTC, Inc. nor their children are eligible to participate in this
  • Neither the Key Scholarship Committee nor the partnering businesses are responsible for any applications that are lost, stolen, or destroyed during
Download the application here