Though hard to imagine today, most of Horry County was without telephone service at the beginning of the 1950’s. At that time, the telecommunications industry and providers were primarily focused on serving residents and businesses in more populated areas and cities.
However, several dedicated, local leaders decided not to wait any longer for someone else to provide telephone service to rural Horry County and that it was time to act. And on June 16, 1952, the tide began to turn when a total of 81 members met at the Horry County Courthouse to officially incorporate Horry Telephone Cooperative, adopt bylaws and petition the state of South Carolina for a charter. Little did they know, what started out as a quest to fill a need would turn into a Cooperative that has become a vital part of keeping our communities connected.
By the end of the 1950s, HTC had more than 1,500 members utilizing phone service throughout Horry County. And here in 2022, HTC continues to operate on the leading-edge of the telecommunications industry, providing the largest fiber-optic network in the region with more than 100,000 subscribers.
And in being a part of the HTC work family prior to your retirement, you know the impact HTC has also provided to the area through giving back to countless charities, non-profit organizations and schools over the last 70 years. HTC isn’t just about connecting people with service, but also connecting to make all of our lives better.
As for the future, it looks as bright for both our area and the Cooperative as well.
“There’s an old proverb that states, ‘If you’re looking for shade, the best time to have planted a tree was 20 years ago,'” said Hagg. “In much the same way, the investments HTC is making today are to provide a bright future for our members and our community.”
To see more regarding HTC’s 70 years of service, check out the latest edition of our Life Connections magazine here.