HCTC honored for keeping students and teachers connected

HCTC is among the inaugural honorees of the Federal Communications Commission’s Digital Opportunity Equity Recognition (DOER) Program. The program was created to acknowledge the tireless efforts of Americans working to close the digital divide in communities without access to affordable, reliable broadband. HCTC was recognized for identifying students and teachers in need of internet service across 15 counties and for providing service free of charge to those in need for the remainder of the 2019- 2020 school year. HCTC invested over $100,000 in communities by providing customers with the maximum level of broadband available without any upcharge. “From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have heard stories about the innovative and rapid ways individuals, nonprofit organizations and companies are responding to the connectivity needs of people across this country,” says FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks. “From rural areas to urban corridors, students to seniors, to say this year’s DOER honorees are a stellar group is an understatement. I am immensely proud of the work Americans are doing across this country to connect those who are being left behind. Congratulations to all, and please keep up the hard work.”