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HTC Partners with Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) to Provide Scholarships and Youth Tour Opportunity for Local Students

July 27, 2022, Conway, S.C. – In conjunction with the Foundation For Rural Service (FRS), HTC recently provided scholarships and Youth Tours to four Horry County School (HCS) students.

Madelyn Faircloth of Loris High and Liam McCann of AAST/Conway High were each awarded scholarships totaling $2,500, which will be used to cover expenses related to their higher education. Faircloth will be attending the University of South Carolina Honors College, majoring in Math and Pre-Med. McCann will be attending the University of Florida, majoring in Environmental Engineering.

Bryce Graham of Aynor High School and Alandrea Martin of Conway High School were this year’s local participants for FRS’ Youth Tour. They were provided with a trip to Washington, D.C., which occurred June 1-5, 2022. The Youth Tour gave Graham and Martin a chance to visit the nation’s capital, learn about rural broadband and share their community’s story.

As a member HTC of the NTCA- The Rural Broadband Association, HTC supports the FRS to help invest in the next generation of leaders and citizens.

“HTC is pleased to partner with FRS to assist in providing scholarship and youth tour opportunities like these for our area students. Our involvement reflects HTC’s commitment to continue investing in our area youth and their education,” said Mike Hagg, HTC CEO. “It’s an investment that is beneficial today for both the students involved and our community, but also for the future, as they become our next generation of leaders.”

To learn more about the FRS Scholarship and the FRS Youth Tour, click here.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as Wi-Fi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net. For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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HTC Donates Electrical Lineman Technician Equipment to Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Pictured are, from left to right, are: HGTC Electrical Lineman Professors Robbie Vermeland & Scott Shoemaker; HTC Director of Construction Services Craig Johnson; and HTC Human Resources Representative Taylor Kennedy.

Local Cooperative Gifts Necessary Program Tools For Area Students

May 5, 2022, Conway, S.C. – HTC recently donated an electrical lineman technician bag and equipment to the Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) Electrical Lineman Technician Program.

The bag and equipment, which will be used by select students of the program, includes all of the pertinent tools needed to help in learning the skills needed for this unique job.

“We here at HGTC in the Electrical Lineman Technician Program are thankful for HTC’s involvement and contributions, including this generous donation of equipment,” said Scott Shoemaker, HGTC Electrical Lineman Professor. “The Cooperative’s commitment to assisting students and this program since it launched in 2015 is greatly appreciated.”

HTC is one of several utility companies in South Carolina that HGTC has partnered with to offer a comprehensive training program that will prepare candidates for entry-level line work positions in the electric or telecommunications industries.  Preparation includes providing a broad understanding of the skills, knowledge, safe work practices and physical ability required to perform line work. Students receive classroom and field training in math, electrical circuit analysis, power systems, and transformer theory, as well as safety and climbing techniques.

“The donation of this equipment is just one of the ways HTC is investing in the future of our workforce and the community,” said Craig Johnson, Director of Construction Services at HTC. “We greatly appreciate the HGTC Electrical Lineman Program, as it gives those interested in the electrical and telecommunications industries a chance to get the fundamental training and experience necessary prior to joining the workforce.”

To learn more about HGTC’s Electrical Lineman Program, click here.

To learn more about HTC, including the Cooperative’s commitment to the area, visit www.htcinc.net.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as Wi-Fi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net. For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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HTC Hosts 2022 REEL Kids Celebration for Area Students at Ripley’s Aquarium

21st Annual Event Held To Recognize Students Who Demonstrate Leadership Excellence While Overcoming Life Challenges

Conway, S.C., April 29, 2022 – HTC held the Cooperative’s Recognizing Extraordinary Examples of Leadership (REEL) Kids celebration this past Thursday at Ripley’s Aquarium in Myrtle Beach. The REEL Kids program, which was launched in 2001, is structured to recognize students who demonstrate leadership excellence while overcoming life challenges.

This year, for the first time in REEL Kids history, HTC had the opportunity to expand the program beyond Horry County schools to now also include schools from both Georgetown and Marion counties.

As part of the celebration, this year’s REEL Kids were able to tour the Aquarium, were provided lunch and heard from Coastal Carolina University Head Football Coach Jamey Chadwell. Coach Chadwell’s speech focused on the importance of perseverance, overcoming adversity and being the best student, friend and teammate possible. In addition, current Las Vegas Raiders (and Socastee High School graduate) Hunter Renfrow sent in a special video message congratulating the 2021-22 REEL Kids award winners. 

“When we receive the nominations from the schools and read about the hardships these young people have endured, we are humbled,” said Mike Hagg, HTC CEO. “The most remarkable fact is that the REEL Kids have overcome what some would have seen as stumbling blocks. It is our pleasure to be able to provide this program for them to be recognized for their great accomplishments.”

Videos for each REEL Kid can be viewed by visiting https://www.htcinc.net/community/htc-reel-kids/. To learn more about HTC, including the Cooperative’s commitment to the area, visit www.htcinc.net.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as Wi-Fi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net. For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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HTC Employees and Members Donate More than 1,500 Books to Area Literacy Charities

In celebration of National Reading Month, Cooperative collected books for area young reader organizations

Conway, S.C., March 31, 2022 – HTC recently donated more than 1,500 books to area non-profit literacy organizations in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties in observance of March being National Reading Month.

During March, HTC collected both new and gently used children’s books for kids ages 0-10 at all eight HTC retail locations. In addition, the Cooperative donated a book for every new HTC TV MAX subscription during the month.

The donated books were distributed among the following organizations:

  • Families Read: Horry County
  • Freedom Readers: Georgetown County
  • Kings Court: Marion County

“HTC’s contributions from members, employees and the Cooperative, reflect our commitment to not only to helping area youth, but the communities in which we work and live as a whole,” said Sandy Hendrick, HTC Marketing Manager. “We’re thankful for everyone who took part in this book drive and are sure it will assist the organizations benefit the young readers they work with.”

To learn more about HTC, including the Cooperative’s commitment to the area, visit www.htcinc.net.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as WiFi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security & Automation. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net. For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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HTC Offering Up to $30 Off Internet Bills for Eligible Households

Enrollment now open for federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

March 8, 2022, Conway, S.C. – HTC today announced the cooperative is able to provide an internet bill credit of up to $30 per month for eligible households within its service area. This credit is made possible by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), the successor to the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.

Existing, and potential, HTC members can complete the verification and enrollment processes at www.htcinc.net/broadbandbenefit or through their HTC My Account dashboard or app. They can also visit one of HTC’s eight convenient retail locations throughout Horry and Georgetown counties.

This $14.2 billion federal program, established through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, provides a temporary discount on internet bills for households that meet certain income eligibility requirements and enroll in the program. These requirements include households that:  

  • Have an income that is at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, WIC or Lifeline;
  • Receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision; This includes households with a student enrolled in a school or school district where every student receives this benefit;
  • Or received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year.

The ACP discount can be applied to any current HTC internet tier, and there is a limit of one benefit per household per month. Household eligibility will be verified by the federal government, not HTC.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as WiFi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security & Automation. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net. For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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Myrtle Beach’s HTC Aspire Hub officially opens Thursday with ribbon-cutting, open house events

Unique partnership works to develop entrepreneurial spirit and diversify economic growth through new non-profit center

Myrtle Beach, S.C., February 16, 2022 –Officials from the City of Myrtle Beach, HTC and eMYRge celebrate the grand opening of the HTC Aspire Hub at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 17, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.  A limited happy hour, hosted by eMYRge, follows at 5:00 p.m.

As a partnership among the City of Myrtle Beach, HTC and eMYRge, the HTC Aspire Hub expands the local entrepreneur ecosystem and fosters support for innovative, scalable businesses along the Grand Strand.  News media are invited to attend the grand opening. 

The HTC Aspire Hub is in the heart of the city’s new Arts & Innovation District at 509 Ninth Avenue North.  The non-profit center offers a co-work space where entrepreneurs, technologists and investors can come together to share innovative business ideas and bring those ideas to life.

HTC is supporting the HTC Aspire Hub with a combination of monetary contributions and in-kind services targeted towards technology and economic development for the City’s Arts and Innovation District.  The goal is to foster start-ups and new business expansions. 

“HTC’s commitment to this project is another example of our efforts to support innovation, technology, and economic growth that will benefit not only the citizens of Myrtle Beach, but Horry County as a whole,” said Mike Hagg, HTC CEO. “It will enable us to reach new members and showcase some of the technology solutions we can provide as business resources throughout the community.”

“The City of Myrtle Beach is truly excited about the HTC Aspire Hub,” said Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune.  “This collaborative endeavor will be a valuable asset to our downtown master plan and will serve as a catalyst to help us build a more diversified economy.”

In addition to HTC and the City of Myrtle Beach, the third key component is eMYRge, a non-profit organization that manages the programming for the HTC Aspire Hub.  Created out of the desire to build an entire entrepreneurial ecosystem in Myrtle Beach, eMYRge is helping to bring about a new solution.

“The concept is not new, but what is new is partnering with HTC and the City of Myrtle Beach to put our best foot forward to create economic diversity,” said Barb Royal, executive director of eMYRge. “We’re building a community full of resources and networking to better help entrepreneurs create and innovate.”

To expand the business community, spaces at the HTC Aspire Hub are available for anyone to use, on a short- or long-term basis, at very modest rates to encourage growth.  In addition, two conference rooms can be rented by the public or groups for a retreat or corporate gathering outside of the office.  In all, the HTC Aspire Hub can house 50 to 55 people.

Later Thursday, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Technology Advisory Group hosts an “eMYRge Happy Hour” with beverages and light appetizers to celebrate the official opening of the new HTC Aspire Hub.  The event is free, but limited to 75 tickets.  For information and to reserve a spot, see https://www.eventbrite.com/o/emyrge-29355829369

To learn more, visit www.eMYRGE.org, or stop by the HTC Aspire Hub at 509 Ninth Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

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About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States.  Celebrating 70 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties.  Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice.  HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as WiFi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security & Automation.  To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net.  For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

HTC Now Offering Free Wi-Fi Access in Marion County

Hotspots for public use have been installed at two community facilities.

[MARION, SOUTH CAROLINA, January 5, 2022] – HTC is now offering free public Wi-Fi hotspots in the parking lots of the Saffold Community Center and the Centenary Community Center in Marion County. Residents can now access this free Wi-Fi Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

HTC is committed to bridging the digital divide in Marion County, and is pleased to offer these hotspots as a temporary option for residents that currently lack access to the internet at home. In working with the Marion County School District and Marion County leaders, HTC was able to identify areas of need. This service is being offered while HTC’s crews work to bring fiber to hundreds of households throughout southern Marion County.

“We’re making tremendous progress with our broadband expansion efforts in Gresham, Britton’s Neck and Centenary,” said Von Todd, chief executive of corporate strategy and analytics for HTC. “By the end of this school year, we will have served more than 1,300 households that did not have broadband access prior to the onset of the pandemic.”

“We are truly appreciative of the huge, positive impact that HTC is making in Marion County!” commented Marion County Superintendent Dr. Kandace Bethea.  “Their commitment to closing the connection gap and expanding broadband access for our learners and families in our rural areas will provide a plethora of resources that would not have been otherwise available in this digital age.”

HTC Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations & Instructions

W.R. Saffold Community Center
6874 Highway 908
Gresham, SC

Centenary Community Center
4904 S. Highway 41-A
Marion, SC

When you park at one of the designated hotspots, look for the SSID “HTC Free WiFi”. No password is needed to access the Wi-Fi signal. Content restrictions will be applied and streaming video will not be allowed.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating more than 65 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC service offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as WiFi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security & Automation. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net. For additional information about HTC or becoming a member, call 843-365-2154.

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HTC Announces ‘Max Their Stocking’ Drive

TO BENEFIT AREA TOYS FOR TOTS CHARITY

With drive, HTC will give one toy for every new HTC TV MAX subscription added December 1 through December 14, 2021

Conway, S.C., December 1, 2021 – HTC, the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States, today announced it will be holding a “MAX Out Their Stocking” toy drive to benefit the area chapter of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots charity, which is locally being coordinated by the Conway Church of God.

With this drive, for every HTC TV MAX subscription placed between December 1 and December 14, 2021, HTC will donate a new, unwrapped toy to Toys For Tots. The goal is for HTC to provide $2,500 in new toys as a donation to the organization.

“We’re very thankful to HTC for offering this opportunity to gather more toys for area children,” said Rev. Stuart Jacobs, senior pastor of the Conway Church of God. “The Cooperative’s dedication to our community will no doubt result in a fair amount of toys donated and be a blessing to those who receive their Christmas gifts from Toys For Tots.”

“With the holiday season here, HTC is proud to be working with Toys For Tots locally to help bring the spirit of Christmas to children in our area who may otherwise not get a gift this year,” said Sandy Hendrick, HTC Marketing Manager. “Being a cooperative, we wholly understand the importance of being better connected to where we work and also live. This drive benefiting Toys For Tots is the perfect way to end the year in us helping the community.”

HTC TV MAX is HTC’s streaming cable television option which allows members to watch their favorite programming from just about any device anywhere in their home, while also cutting out the cost of cable box fees. To learn more about HTC TV MAX, visit https://www.htcinc.net/residential/htctv-max/.

About HTC

HTC is the largest telecommunications cooperative in the United States. Celebrating more than 65 years as the local leader in communications, HTC provides services in Horry, Georgetown and Marion counties. Utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network, HTC offerings include: Internet; Video; Security; Mobile; and Voice services. HTC also offers advanced business services, including: Internet; Voice and Hosted Voice Solutions; IT Solutions such as WiFi, Data Backup & Recovery and Firewalls; and Business Security. To learn more about HTC, visit www.htcinc.net.

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

Conway, SC, 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

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.”

Pictured L to R: Representative Kevin Hardee, Senator Luke Rankin, Brent Groome, Senator Greg Hembree.