HTC expanding broadband internet access into parts of Marion County to help students, families

Updated: Nov. 17, 2020 at 8:32 PM EST
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MARION COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry Telephone Cooperative announced it is now serving parts of Marion County.

This was made possible through a $1.5 million grant from the South Carolina Broadband Infrastructure Program which was funded by the CARES Act. HTC is matching the investment with $1.5 million of their own

The expansion will support the Gresham and Britton’s Neck communities along Highways 378, 908, and 41.

Marion County School District Superintendent Dr. Kandace Bethea has seen just how vital having high-speed internet is for students and families during the pandemic.

Bethea said there are students in the county without internet access and this partnership will begin to level the playing field.

“That’s what this partnership does, providing connectivity to I think over 400 homes in this community is tremendous. This is phase one and we’re happy about phase one, but we’re prayerful that we’ll have a phase two, three, and four, because there are many communities in Marion County that aren’t connected and it’s needed," said Bethea.

Several county and state leaders were in attendance for the announcement including South Carolina state Sen. Kent Williams.

“The coronavirus pandemic has shown that broadband is a necessity for our community, and HTC has stepped up to the plate to meet that need,” said Williams.

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