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Lifeline Awareness Week


Low-income families can stay connected with telephone assistance.

Horry and Georgetown Counties, SC – Tuesday, September 7, 2010 – HTC wants to help residents “stay connected” and is reaching out to those who need home phone and wireless service but can’t afford it. During the celebration of “Lifeline Awareness Week,” September 12-18, HTC will promote South Carolina’s Lifeline and Link-Up assistance programs which offer discounts to help residents have access to basic telephone and wireless service.

“Access to local emergency services and community resources is vital to our low-income families and elderly residents. HTC knows that staying connected to local resources and emergency services can improve and possibly save lives,” said Jamie Colway, HTC Marketing Supervisor. “Unfortunately, some do not have access to basic home phone and wireless service because of affordability, but with Lifeline and Link-Up, there is help.”

Under the Lifeline program, telephone customers who participate in certain public assistance programs are eligible to receive a basic telephone service discount of $13.50 per month and $8.25 on the monthly bill for wireless service. Link-Up provides a 50 percent reduction in the telephone service installation charge, up to a maximum of $30, for qualifying households that do not currently have telephone service. Residents may qualify for South Carolina’s Lifeline and Link-Up programs if they receive benefits such as Food Stamps, Medicaid, or other similar programs.

For more information about Lifeline or Link-Up and to find out if you qualify, call HTC at 843-365-2154, log on to http://www.htcinc.net/customer_lifeline.cfm or visit one of nine HTC branch locations in Carolina Forest, Coastal Grand Mall, Conway, Loris, Myrtle Beach, Socastee, Little River, Murrells Inlet or the newest store located at Towne Centre in Carolina Forest. Residents may also visit http://www.lifeline.gov or call the Office of Regulatory Staff at 1-866-788-6565.

About HTC
HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telephone cooperative and the 18th largest telephone company. Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates more than 55 years of service to the community as a local communications leader.

HTC offers local telephone service, long distance, Digital Wireless, Digital Cable, High-Speed Internet Access, and advanced business services such as Remote Recovery Services, Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) design, firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) security. HTC Communications, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of HTC, Inc., offers local telephone service in the city of Conway, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Pawleys Island and the city of Georgetown. A full menu of communications services are available from HTC Communications including, local telephone service, long distance, Digital Wireless, Digital Cable and High-Speed Internet access. HTC also provides Home Security and Fiber to the Home technology called HTC Bluewave, a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that delivers unparalleled bandwidth for extremely high-speed Internet access and data transmittal, 100 percent digital cable TV video, and traditional voice service through a single delivery point to a customer’s home. For additional information about HTC, call (843) 365- 2154.

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