Check out the new look from HTC

Over the past year, HTC has taken massive strides within our service area to connect families, businesses, and students to high-speed internet. The COVID-19 pandemic made many aware of how necessary broadband is to our everyday lives. Understanding the role broadband plays in our homes, businesses, and schools, we gave HTCinc.net a refresh.

The new homepage introduces a simple, clean experience that makes it easier for members to explore our services. Plus, a new streaming recommendations tool is available to help you decide which service best fits the needs of your family. We invite you to explore HTCinc.net and get your personalized streaming service recommendations now.

Wanted: HTC summer interns. Apply now!

HTC is proud of the internship program it has built throughout each department of the Cooperative. Our interns are immersed in a real-world experience where they can learn new skills and develop the talents they already possess. What sets the HTC internship program apart from those of other organizations is the hands-on training each student receives.

Interns work alongside the most seasoned and skilled professionals, gaining valuable knowledge they can carry throughout their professional career. HTC also makes an effort to partner with each intern to offer flexible work hours to ensure education and family remain top priorities. Becoming an intern with HTC is about more than meeting mandated educational milestones. The Cooperative makes it possible for interns to serve their community, gain in-demand skills, and create an opportunity for possible long-term employment with HTC. We are actively hiring for our summer intern program now. View open position at HTCinc.net/htc-careers.

Welcome back, March Madness

To the college basketball fanatic, no greater words are spoken each spring than March Madness. While this year’s tournament will look a little different, it’s fair to say sports enthusiasts will enjoy the battles all the same.

The 2021 NCAA DI men’s basketball tournament will be played in Indiana, with most games taking place in Indianapolis. The March Madness 2021 schedule is below:

  • Sweet 16 — 2 p.m. ET coverage start on Saturday, March 27, and 1 p.m. start on Sunday, March 28
  • Elite Eight — 7 p.m. ET coverage start on Monday, March 29, and 6 p.m. start on Tuesday, March 30
  • Final Four — 5 p.m. ET start on Saturday, April 3
  • NCAA championship game — 9 p.m. Monday, April 5

Every single March Madness game will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. Refer to the HTC channel lineup guide to determine which channels you’ll need to familiarize yourself with so you don’t miss a minute of March Madness.

Broadband powers spring break

Warmer temperatures are just around the corner and spring break will be here soon. While many families are venturing out and beginning to travel again, others are planning relaxing staycations. Whether you’re packed up and ready to hit the road, or need a few ideas for keeping the kids (and yourself) entertained at home, we have some creative options!

Spring break 2021 can still be enjoyable, even if you’re in the backyard. We’re connecting you with ways to use your HTC High-Speed Internet connection to create a memorable spring break.

Virtual family visit

Plan for virtual check-ins with grandparents or other family members who are far off. Make an intentional effort to video chat with a loved one each day. You may not leave your home, but your child will feel like they’ve visited different family members.

Get creative

Launch a free trial to diy.org and allow your kids to find projects, how-to videos, and a community of kids their own age in a safe online environment. The platform walks kids through countless activities like drawing, photography, inventing machines, hip-hop dancing, and so much more. The courses are grouped by age and you can use the app to gain insight into what your kid likes.

Grab a chef’s hat

If your child is always asking to help out in the kitchen, or they’re just fond of making a mess, grab an apron and a tablet and get to work. Find a kid-friendly recipe and bake a dessert or create a 4-course meal. With a reliable internet connection, you can cook for as long as you have the ingredients!

Make it tie-dye

How long has it been since you’ve tackled a tie-dye project? Not surprisingly, the internet is filled with videos on how to add twists of color to everything from a t-shirt to tennis shoes. Grab a tie-dye kit at your local store or from an online retailer, and explore the many designs and tie-dye tips you can find online.

How will you use broadband during spring break? Share your tips with us on the HTC Facebook page.

Receiving more robocalls?

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you likely didn’t have time to notice that the number of robocalls to your cell phone hit a record low. It seems that even robodialers weren’t immune to the affects of a global pandemic. However, as we inch back into school and work as usual, the annoying calls are making a return in a big way.

YouMail, a robocall prevention service, reports robocalls hit pre-pandemic levels last month for the first time in a year. Americans received an average of 159 million auto-calls per day in February, and industry experts say you can expect more of the same through the end of 2021. The bulk of the calls, as reported by YouMail, are warranty scams, one of the most prominent areas for thieves who use robodialers.

With so many calls being made each day, how can you protect yourself? AT&T (the network through which your HTC Wireless service is connected) began implementing advanced call protect features roughly two years ago. Download the AT&T Call Protect iOS app or Android app.

This app, and others like it, allow AT&T to identify certain phone numbers as “Spam Risk” or “Telemarketer”. As the robodialers make a noticeable return, use these tips to protect your personal information:

  • If you suspect the call is fraudulent, hang up and dial a familiar number for the company or organization
  • As you identify popular numbers used by robodialers, block those number from coming through on your phone
  • Be aware of fraudulent text messages that may include links to malware
  • Register your number on the national Do Not Call list at no cost by calling 1-888-382-1222
  • Consider a smartphone upgrade. Some smartphones block robocalls automatically, so if you haven’t upgraded you phone in a couple years, now’s the time to explore the latest smartphones and their capabilities.

Use these tips to not only avoid annoying robocalls, but to also protect your sensitive information from scammers.

Dinner with a view

If you’re as excited as we are for warmer weather to arrive, you’ll be equally as excited to relax in an outdoor dining space and take in the beautiful ocean-front views. Bummz Beach Café has the food and beverage menu you’d expect from a local’s favorite with view and sounds of the ocean to enhance your experience. Check out the restaurant’s website for food photos and hours.

HTC, FRS scholarship focuses on rural development

HTC encourages local students to apply for a Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) college scholarship. For HTC members who have high school seniors planning to attend a two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school, the FRS scholarship can help cover the cost of your child’s next chapter.

Each scholarship is valued at $2,000 and is offered students in areas served by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) members. As the telecommunications service provider for Horry and Georgetown 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 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, in this case, HTC.
  • 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.

 

Applying for the award is an easy, online process completed on the FRS website. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 5, 2020. 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.

The FRS is a non-profit organization focused on supporting rural telecom companies, consumers, and policymakers. With a vision to enhance the rural communications industry, the FRS offers scholarship preference to students expressing an interest to return to a rural area to work following graduation.

Other scholarships are also available from the FRS, including the FRS Staurulakis Family Scholarships, TMS Scholarships, Roger Alan Cox Memorial Scholarships, James L. Bass Legal Scholarship or Everett Kneece Scholarship.