HTC is now serving portions of rural Marion and Georgetown counties with high-speed internet.
The Cooperative’s expansion into these two counties was made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the South Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP), and a matching investment by HTC. This funding will support broadband expansion projects in the Gresham and Britton’s Neck communities along Highways 378, 908, and 41 in Marion County, as well as the North Santee Community and the South Island Community in Georgetown County.
This grant program, funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and established by the South Carolina General Assembly Act 142, was created by the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) to provide high-speed broadband internet access to unserved South Carolinians who have been directly impacted by COVID-19.
According to FCC data, nearly 30% of all Marion County residents and 50% of rural Marion County residents lack access to high speed internet, which is defined as 25/3 Mbps. In Georgetown County, 11.8% of residents and 27.3% of rural areas of the county are without access to broadband. HTC takes the opportunity to invest in programs like BIP to help close the digital divide.
HTC must adhere to a strict completion deadline imposed by state and federal regulations, creating a conservative number of locations that will be served in these initial projects.
The Cooperative will continue to work with local, state, and federal officials to secure additional funding to expand broadband access in Marion and Georgetown counties.
To find out whether you are in the new HTC service areas in the two counties and to sign up for service, call 843-765-2836 or visit www.htcinc.net/bip.