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HTC announces next phase of broadband expansion in Marion and Georgetown counties

HTC announces next phase of broadband expansion in Marion and Georgetown counties

[CONWAY, SOUTH CAROLINA July 28, 2021] – HTC announced today $9 million worth of broadband expansion projects in Marion and Georgetown counties, made possible by local public-private partnerships and state and federal funds. These projects, which will build off the success of HTC’s $4.7 million in CARES Act projects, will be complete by September of 2022.

As a local cooperative with decades of experience in building local fiber networks, HTC has the knowledge and skills needed to help bridge the digital divide quickly. After HTC completed its CARES Act projects ahead of schedule, local leaders helped the Cooperative keep the momentum going.

“This second phase of projects wouldn’t be possible without the support of leaders across the community,” said Von Todd, Chief Executive, Corporate Strategy & Analytics. “When HTC stepped up last fall to begin connecting homes in Marion and Georgetown, everyone from the school districts to church leaders to elected officials partnered with us to help champion these additional projects.”

“We are excited for phase two of HTC’s broadband expansion in Marion,” said Marion County Administrator Tim Harper. “This partnership between HTC and Marion County will help improve the lives of our citizens, and we look forward to continuing to find funding for future projects that will continue to expand broadband access throughout our county.”

“HTC’s commitment to Georgetown County began long before the pandemic, but our partnership has allowed us to accelerate broadband expansion and spur transformational change throughout the county,” said Georgetown County Administrator Angela Christian.

HTC is deploying fiber to the home in these areas, which is the industry gold standard for broadband infrastructure.

“With speeds of up to 1 Gig, our state-of-the-art fiber network will allow residents in Marion and Georgetown to seamlessly connect to what matters most,” Todd said. “They’ll also enjoy the benefits of being a local Cooperative member, which includes competitive pricing, 24/7 local technical support, and earning capital credits.”

While these projects won’t cover the entirety of the counties, HTC hopes to announce additional phases in both counties this fall.

Future HTC members can request service by calling 843-369-8633 or by visiting www.htcinc.net/broadbandexpansion.  HTC will notify residents once service is available in their areas. 

 

About HTC

HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates over 65 years of service to Horry, Georgetown, and Marion counties as a local communications leader.  HTC offers High Speed Internet, Digital Cable, Digital Wireless, Home Security, local telephone and long distance service, and advanced business services such as Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN), Managed Networks, VOIP Solutions, WiFi Solutions, Firewall and Security services. HTC provides these services utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network.

Be alert and ready for hurricane season

Be Alert and Ready for Hurricane Season

Making sure you’re ready for hurricane season should be a top priority if you live in Horry or surrounding counties.

This includes planning ahead for how your family will handle severe weather and what you’ll do if a major storm threatens our area and evacuation orders are put into place. You should have an evacuation plan in place well before severe weather threatens our area, not waiting to put one together when we are in the direct path of a storm. As you put together your plan, it is important to remember area shelters should only be used as a last resort.

In addition, Horry County Emergency Management officials have once again confirmed public shelters will only be available for Category 1 storms or below. Hurricanes which reach Category 2 strength or above will result in the closing of all Horry County shelters. In the event of this happening, those at area shelters will be transported to locations further inland.

Some important phone numbers you should have handy this hurricane season include:

  • Horry County Emergency Management Division – 843-915-5150
  • American Red Cross (shelters) – 8434770020
  • SCDOT (road and traffic conditions) – 1-888-877-9151
  • Re-entry information – 1-866-246-0133

While you’re preparing your home and family, we here at HTC are also taking the necessary precautions to protect our communications equipment and continue to support you with reliable service.

In preparation, team members place sandbags around our retail offices and remote stations to ensure the safety of the equipment used to provide you with high-speed internet, home phone and other vital telecommunication services. We also get our generators prepped and ready to be available in case they are needed.

Learn more by visiting https://www.htcinc.net/severe-weather/.

Turn Screen Time to Green Time

Turn screen time to green time

Summer is here and school is out!

This normally means one of two things; your kids are outside soaking in the joys of living here in Horry County, or they’re tethered to their devices as citizens of the virtual world. If any members of your crew fall into the latter category, we have compiled a list of apps that can help bridge that gap between getting outdoors and being online 24/7. It’s especially important to do so after the year we all had to endure in 2020.

So, whether it’s identifying plants, determining the types of birds in your backyard, taking nature and wildlife pictures to share with other enthusiasts or helping up their fishing game, there’s something to help encourage everyone to turn their screen time into green time!  

Check out these apps and let us know what you think!

Keep Your Home Safe While Away

Keep your home safe while you’re away

If you’re like many families, the countdown to “Summer Vacation 2021” has been on since March 2020.

Now that we’re coming out of the doldrums of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know it is time for you to take the show on the road. And while if you’ve got just a weekend getaway planned or are going away for an entire week, you can relax knowing HTC is protecting your home while you are away.

From being able to arm and disarm your system from anywhere, check your system’s status and get notified of activity at your property using our powerful smarter security app, you won’t have to worry.

To learn more, and see what security options are available for you and your home, click here.

Managing Your HTC Account Made Easier

Managing your HTC account, made easier!

Have you heard? We’ve made some updates to the HTC My Account app!

While it has the same overall look and feel, you’ll find that using it now is faster, and better, than before! This is due to some technical tweaks made on the backend by our developers. 

Somehow we’ve managed to take an already great way to manage your HTC services, pay your bill and even request customer support, and make it better!

And don’t forget that you can use it at any time from wherever you may be conveniently from your mobile device of choice. It doesn’t matter if you’re an Apple or Android user!

Best of all, it’s totally free. You can learn more about it, including where you can download, by clicking here.

HTC awards $13,000 in scholarships

HTC awards $13,000 to area students with Cooperative Spirit Scholarship Awards

In our continued efforts to support area students, HTC recently recognized select seniors throughout Horry and Georgetown Counties with the presentation of our Cooperative Spirit Scholarship Awards.

As part of this program, HTC awarded a total of $13,000 in scholarship money. This equals to one recipient from each high school in the HTC service area receiving $1,000 to use toward furthering their education.

The prerequisites for those being selected for the Cooperative Spirit Scholarship Award include enrolling at Horry Georgetown Technical College, having high academic marks and demonstrating leadership qualities in their individual communities.

This scholarship is part of HTC’s larger “Helping the Community” initiative, which focuses on a deeper interactivity between the cooperative and the communities which are served.  

To learn more about this scholarship, and see the full list of recipients, visit here.

Simplify Your Security

Are you managing a busy home and a successful career at the same time? So is television host, author and real estate expert Egypt Sherrod, who recently discovered Alarm.com technology. “I want to keep my family safe,” Egypt says, “and I know that smart home tech can make life a little simpler too. But I’m not a security expert and I don’t have time to do it all myself.” The solution: a new, professionally installed, fully customized smart home security system. Want Alarm.com for your home? Explore HTC home security powered by Alarm.com.