HTC has successfully completed six rural broadband expansion projects in Horry, Marion, and Georgetown counties through the South Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Program (BIP). The work was completed within the strict three-month timeline set by the program and offers broadband access to unserved South Carolinians who have been directly impacted by COVID-19.
“Completing projects of this magnitude in such a short timeframe was unprecedented, but HTC was up to the challenge,” said HTC CEO Mike Hagg. “Our success is a testament to the Cooperative’s dedication to bridging the digital divide in our region, and we stand ready to assist the state with additional broadband projects in 2021.”
The projects, valued at $4.6 million, were completed under budget. The BIP program was funded by the CARES Act and managed by the state. The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) awarded HTC $2.3 million in funding as part of BIP, and the Cooperative matched funding to complete the work by the Dec. 18 deadline.
HTC continues to work with local, state, and federal officials to secure additional funding to continue broadband expansion throughout our region.