Home Telecom Expands Its Gigabit Broadband to Reach an Additional 23,000 Homes and Businesses in the Lowcountry

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Home Telecom announces plans to bring connected consumers the best and fastest online experience to their homes and business with Velocity Gigabit. Over 50 Velocity fiber neighborhoods will have access to gigabit speeds by the end of 2016.

Home Telecom, a leading provider of information and communications services in South Carolina, today announced plans to bring connected consumers the best and fastest online experience in their homes and businesses with Velocity Gigabit.

In 2013, Home Telecom became the first telecommunications company to offer Gigabit speeds in South Carolina, providing gigabit service in the Nexton community. Nexton, a technology focused master planned development located near Summerville, SC, is already home to WestRock Offices, SCRA, the new Nexton Elementary, The Parks apartments, and the Brighton Park single-family home community. Recently, Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter®, announced building its first Lowcountry store in Nexton. Nexton has a long range plan that will include over 10,000 residences and 6 million square feet of commercial and retail space.

William S. Helmly, President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Telecom, says they have close to 60,000 fiber miles located in the Lowcountry. This Gigabit corridor passes approximately 15,000 homes and over 9,000 businesses, giving lightning fast Internet speed to thousands of South Carolinians. “The good news is since future-proof fiber is already feeding homes and businesses along our Gigabit corridor, launching a gigabit service will require only minimal upgrades to the existing equipment. No extensive rebuilds will be necessary, which prevents having to dig up front lawns,” he explains.

Summers Corner, another WestRock development located off Hwy 61 in Summerville, SC, will light up gigabit service when its first residents move in this fall. The planned community will develop over the next 20 years, with approximately 7,500 homes and 200,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. All will have access to gigabit speeds, as much as 100 times faster than most Internet services.

“By the end of 2015, we are excited to announce that residents and businesses on Daniel Island in the city of Charleston, in neighborhoods off Clements Ferry Road and in areas of North Charleston – Oak Terrace Preserve, The Factory at Garco and The Flats at Mixson, will have access to Velocity Gigabit speeds. These launches will equate to an additional 12 neighborhoods with a combination of 5,500 homes and businesses in the Lowcountry with access to gigabits speeds,” explains Helmly. This is in addition to the Nexton and Summers Corner developments.

“Being able to promote Internet access capable of delivering gigabit speeds will allow North Charleston to attract even more businesses to our area,” said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey. “North Charleston has already been recognized for its community development and top neighborhoods. The neighborhoods with access to Home Telecom’s fiber network with gigabit speeds will become even more attractive.”

Home Telecom will continue rolling out Velocity Gigabit in 2016 in planned phases introducing new areas each quarter of 2016. By the end of 2016, Home Telecom plans for 50 Velocity fiber neighborhoods to have access to gigabit speeds. “Expanding our gigabit service quickly is another great example of how Home Telecom helps our customers ‘LIVE LIFE AHEAD’,” commented Helmly. “Our mission is to stay ahead of the technology curve to provide the best customer experience in the marketplace. Our innovative technology partnership with Nexton will make it easier for us to accomplish this mission.”

About Home Telecom
Home Telecom is an independent telecommunications company based in Moncks Corner, South Carolina since 1904. Employing 160 local telecom professionals and utilizing multiple technologies, most notably fiber-to-the-premises, enables Home Telecom to provide telephone, Internet, video, wireless and security services to residents and businesses located in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties of South Carolina. To learn more, visit http://www.HomeSC.com.

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