Save the date for the HTC Annual Meeting

Make plans now to attend the HTC Annual Meeting on Aug. 13 at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University.

There will be entertainment, displays and plenty of fun for everyone in attendance, as well as the traditional two $2 bills for members.

The festivities kick off with registration at 4 p.m., followed by entertainment at 4:15 p.m. This year’s band is Pop 101, a Coastal Carolina University ensemble that will present a salute to The Grand Ole Opry.

The business meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Don’t miss a great time to come out and celebrate another year with your neighbors at HTC.

New location at Towne Centre features interactive displays

HTC Towne Centre location

The HTC retail office at 825-D Market Place Drive in the Lowes Foods Plaza at Towne Centre has opened its doors.

The location features an interactive home security and automation display, along with demos of the most popular and latest devices including phones, tablets and watches.

Of course, the smiling faces behind the counters will be able to help you with your bill, sign up for new cellular service and much more.

Stop by and say hello and check out our newest location.

Local student claims $5,000 scholarship

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 (The Rural Broadband Association).

Elor MayanElor 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.

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.”

Time to connect with HTC magazine

The summer edition of Life Connections, the quarterly magazine mailed to all HTC members, should be arriving in your mailbox in early August.

This edition of the magazine previews the HTC Annual meeting, and features the 19th Annual HTC REEL Kids Awards, hurricane preparedness and back-to-school tips.

Watch for your free copy in mailboxes soon, or pick one up at any HTC Retail Location.

Don’t settle for nothing … get it all

Girl on beach

National All or Nothing Day is July 26, and HTC suggests its members get it all.

With a TV Everywhere account, you can enjoy all your favorite programs wherever your summer takes you.

You can also watch On Demand episodes of all your favorite current and past programming on most apps.

So don’t settle, get it all. Cable subscribers can sign up for their FREE TV Everywhere account in minutes and start streaming.

It is hurricane season, so be prepared

Hurricane Florence

It’s once again storm season in South Carolina, and although we hope the entire coast dodges a hit this year, one should always stay prepared.

Staying connected is vital during a storm, and preventive maintenance can help you stay in touch longer.

Here are some quick tips you can do to help your family stay safe in a scary situation:

  • Have a family communication plan in place, with one person as the central contact.
  • Program all your emergency numbers into your phone.
  • Keep phone lines open whenever possible. Too many callers jam the lines.
  • Purchase battery backups for VoIP equipment in case the power goes out, and consider getting a traditional landline phone.
  • Keep wireless batteries charged and an alternate plan to recharge them.
  • Try text messaging instead of calling.
  • Should you have to evacuate, use call forwarding.

Always remember that HTC retail locations offer free Wi-Fi should you need it after a storm.