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
Centenary Community Center
4904 S. Highway 41-A
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.
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.