HTC opens new store in Carolina Forest

HORRY COUNTY, SC –   HTC officials announced today that a new HTC store in the Carolina Forest community is now open in the Towne Centre Lowes Foods Plaza.  The new store is located at 825-D Market Place Drive, Myrtle Beach just off of International Drive and replaces the HTC location at 3990 River Oaks Drive that officially closed on June 21.

The new full-service location features displays for a complete range of wireless products along with an interactive Security and Home Automation display showcasing the newest HTC products and services.  The store hours are six days a week:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“We are very excited about the latest HTC retail office in the Carolina Forest community and all it has to offer for new and existing members.  The new store provides convenient and easy accessibility for members and, we trust that visitors will enjoy the convenience, updated customer experience, and excellent HTC service,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing. 

For directions or more information about the new HTC store in Carolina Forest or directions to other HTC locations, visit www.htcinc.net/locations

Grand opening events will be held later this summer. 

HTC employees help with local life-saving blood supply for American Red Cross

Conway, SC – HTC is committed to supporting its community. That’s why the Cooperative is so pleased to partner with the American Red Cross to host blood drives every quarter where employees are encouraged to donate in hopes of providing life-saving blood to our community.

On Wednesday, May 16, HTC employees generously gave 24 units, potentially saving as many as 72 lives because each unit has the power to save three lives.

“HTC has a long history of community involvement. Employees regularly band together for a cause and we support their efforts and are so grateful for their donations,” said Lisa Martin, Senior Marketing Coordinator. “Our mission to serve the communities in which we live and work is a cornerstone of our Cooperative’s heritage and culture. Our core value of community commitment carries on through our employees’ donations to the communities that have made our success possible.”

HTC employees have donated over 2,887 units of blood since 1999 potentially saving over 8,661 lives the past 20 years. For more information about HTC community outreach programs, visit www.htcinc.net/community.

For more information about how you can participate in the quarterly blood drives held at HTC, please contact Lisa Martin, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8714.

HTC sponsors trip to nation’s capital for two area youth

Connor Chilton
Connor Chilton

Horry County, SC – HTC and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) sponsored an educational tour to Washington, D.C., June 1-5, 2019, for two local students selected for the 25th Annual Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour.  Gracelyn Brown, representing the Academy for Arts, Science, & Technology, and Connor Chilton, representing Scholars Academy, were selected by school guidance counselors and HTC.  The 25th Annual Youth Tour exposes students to the federal regulatory process and explains the impact of legislative and judicial decisions on the telecommunications industry in rural America.  Students also have the opportunity to visit many of the historical sites in the nation’s capital.

The trip focuses on a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecommunications, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions, made in Washington, affect the industry.

“Today’s youth are the future of telecommunications in America and we hope that by educating them about the industry, we will not only broaden their horizons, but also strengthen our communities,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “We are proud to have a role in educating our local youth and contributing to the future economic health of our communities.”

Gracelyn Brown
Gracelyn Brown

The Youth Tour brings together 100 high school juniors from across rural and suburban America to Washington, DC on a four-day culturally enriching experience.  The tour allows youth to visit the Supreme Court and US Capitol to meet with a member of Congress.  They also participate in an informational session about the Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service and more.  Students visit the nation’s most historic and popular tour sites, including the Supreme Court and the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials. 

“We hope that by providing our youth with best telecommunications services possible, as well as exposing them to cultural and educational opportunities, such as the FRS Youth Tour, our youth will remain in and become active members in their communities,” said Vitt.

The 25th Annual Youth Tour is hosted by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS).  FRS leads aggressive public information, economic and community development projects, which focus on rural telecommunications, to educate the public and improve the quality of rural American life.  It is the philanthropic arm of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which HTC is a member. 

For more information about the 2019 Youth Tour or other educational programs provided by HTC, please contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8498 or 843-902-3838. 

HTC announces winner in national college scholarship program

Elor Mayan
Elor Mayan

HTC is pleased to announce that Elor Mayan, a senior at the Academy for Arts, Science, & Technology, is the recipient of a $5,000 college scholarship program from Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA.  Elor has been accepted to attend the University of South Carolina and plans to study nursing.  He and his family reside in the Myrtle Beach area.

The FRS college scholarship program includes a number of named scholarship opportunities including the

FRS JSI scholarships funded by Manny and Leo Staurulakis, of JSI, in honor of their parents John and Chresanthe Staurulakis. These scholarships are awarded each year and give preference to students with an interest in science, math, medicine, or engineering.

The FRS scholarship program awarded scholarships, ranging from $1,500-$5,000 to rural youth across the United States. Out of over 1,300 applications received this year, 54 scholarships were awarded.  The goal of the scholarship program is to help further higher education opportunities among high school students.  HTC strongly supports the youth of our community and is thrilled to sponsor this worthy program. 

Scholarship recipients were selected by an independent team of reviewers from the education field. To be eligible, recipients must be sponsored by a NTCA member system, and must indicate a desire to return to their communities once their collegiate studies have been completed. 

“We are thrilled to offer this program, with the goal of leveling the playing field for students who often face financial obstacles in their pursuit of higher education,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “The FRS scholarship program enables telecommunications providers to show their support of the youth living in the communities they serve.  It is a source of tremendous pride for us and for the entire community of HTC.”

The scholarship program is open to all graduating high school seniors that receive local telecommunications service from HTC.  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or vocational technical school, and have at least a C-grade point average. 

About HTC

HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates nearly 67 years of service to Horry and Georgetown 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. 

Spammers phishing for personal information on HTC accounts

spam email

A phishing attempt has been identified by several HTC members who have received the above email.

If you receive this email, it is NOT from HTC. Be sure to check the return address (you can hover your cursor over the from address and it will show the actual e-mail address), and peruse any communication for errors.

In this email, you have the NB: and the 3 exclamation points that would never be included in an HTC communication.

If you receive this email, please delete immediately.

Give a gift, get a gift at spring blood drive

The Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

HTC invites the public to join it for its spring blood drive, which will take place from 7 a.m. to noon May 16 in the parking lot at the U.S. 701 retail location in Conway.

Those who take part will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email courtesy of the American Red Cross.

To schedule an appointment, contact Lisa Martin at lisa.martin@htcinc.net, or call 843-369-8714.

HTC spotlights conservation at 10th Annual Green Fair on April 24

Horry County, SC – HTC will host the 10th Annual Green Fair and National Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the HTC store in Conway on Highway 501 across from HGTC. 

HTC, along with other environmental leaders and organizations, will demonstrate the benefits of sustainability and educate the community about the importance of conservation and recycling at this special event in honor of National Earth Day.  The event is free and everyone is invited to join in the planned festivities: 

  • Drop off old telephone directories and cell phones for recycling,
  • Drop off e-waste, any kind of used electronic devices including batteries for recycling,
  • Sign up for paperless billing,
  • Visit booths set up by local environmentally responsible organizations to learn about green initiatives, and
  • Drop off sensitive documents for FREE onsite shredding by Shred-it.

Visitors will also enjoy FREE giveaway items, a live band, refreshments, a grand prize drawing, and special appearances by local mascots as well as product specials including:

  • 20% off wireless accessories

Register to win a FREE:

  • Premium security system

“Conservation is a priority at HTC and we are committed to working towards a sustainable future. Conservation isn’t part of our work – it’s a guiding influence for all of our work,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “The Green Fair is a means to support conservation beyond HTC and into the communities we serve by encouraging recycling and promoting green initiatives that are easy to implement in any home or office. 

“The Green Fair will provide residents an opportunity to recycle items, shred sensitive documents, and have fun while making an environmental impact.” 

If you are unable to attend the Green Fair, HTC encourages everyone to please be responsible and recycle directories and other items at the nearest Horry County Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center location.  A list of recycling centers is provided in the preliminary pages of the HTC Directory or online at www.solidwasteauthority.org.

Here are more details regarding HTC green initiatives: 

Paperless Billing: Save a stamp. Save a check. Save time.

HTC encourages members to migrate from paper bills to electronic bills.  Paperless statements are convenient and clutter-free. Although HTC customers have been able to manage and view bills online for many years now, HTC is encouraging customers to go completely paperless by paying their bills using bank draft.  This saves customers stamps and time.    Members are a click away from savings at HTC My Account on www.htcinc.net.

Some of the benefits of paperless billing include:

  • Receive monthly email notification when statements are available for online viewing.
  • View, download or print the same information online 24/7 that’s on a paper statement.
  • View old statements – up to 18 months – free of charge.
  • Help the environment by cutting down on paper.
  • Reduce mail and paper clutter at home.

Some of the benefits of automatic bank draft include: 

  • Save time with no more writing checks, buying stamps, etc.
  • Safe, secure and confidential.

Waste Recycling Bins Company-Wide

HTC encourages employees to be environmentally responsible by placing recycling bins throughout the organization for paper and plastic waste. 

Energy Conservation

Employees are encouraged to take the stairs instead of using the elevator to conserve energy. Employees are also conservative with energy by turning off lights and powering down computers when not in use. 

Green Plus Certification

HTC was awarded Certification in the Green Plus program for its high standard of sustainability initiatives. Developed by the Institute for Sustainability Development, the Green Plus program is a nationwide network of businesses that have challenged themselves to achieve the best environmental practices and have dedicated themselves to being a sustainable business. The Certification is earned through a diagnostic evaluation assessing the business’s sustainability efforts across three platforms: People, Planet and Performance.

For more information about HTC and the upcoming Green Fair and Earth Day Celebration on April 24, contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing at 843-369-8498 and  nicole.hyman@htcinc.net.  To sign up for HTC My Account and paperless billing, visit www.htcinc.net or stop by any of the seven convenient HTC locations throughout Horry County: Conway (Highway 701 North and Highway 501 across from HGTC), Loris, Little River, Murrells Inlet, Socastee, and Towne Centre. 

Sunspots can cause disruption in cable signals

Sun outages take place every year during Spring and Fall when the sun passes behind a satellite. This is happening in Horry County through March.

During these mini-eclipses, energy from the sun is captured by your earth station causing degradation in the signal.  You may experience anything from slight signal degradation to complete signal loss.

The outages during this cycle will be gradual and slight on the first and last days of the cycle, reaching a peak during mid-cycle when the sun is located directly behind the satellite.

HTC customers can expect the most extreme outages between 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The outage will typically only last about 10 minutes on each channel that is affected.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

HTC employees help save lives with blood donations

Red Cross Bus

Conway, SC – HTC has always been committed to supporting the community it serves and regularly helps supply a need for the local chapter of the American Red Cross. 

On Wednesday, February 6, HTC employees showed their love for others and generously gave 22 units, potentially saving as many as 66 lives because each unit has the power to save three lives.

“HTC is so pleased to partner with the American Red Cross to host blood drives every quarter where employees are encouraged to donate in hopes of contributing to the critical need for eligible blood donations so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments,” said Lisa Martin, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator. 

HTC employees have donated more than 2,863 units of blood potentially saving over 8,500 lives since 1999.

The next regularly scheduled quarterly blood drive at HTC is planned for Wednesday, May 16.

For more information about how you can participate in the quarterly blood drives held at HTC, please contact Lisa Martin, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8714. For more information about HTC community outreach programs, visit www.htcinc.net.

About HTC

HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates over 66 years of service to Horry and Georgetown 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.

For additional information about HTC, call (843) 365-2154.

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