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Act Now and Take Action on World Backup Day

a hard drive, sd card, and a flash drive

Don’t become a victim of April Fools this year! Backup your important documents and files online no later than March 31. 
 
You must back up all your important computer and phone files, such as documents, emails, financial data, family photos and home videos..

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WiFi Channels: What’s the Difference Between 2.4GHz vs. 5GHz?

wifi symbol

You’ve probably seen the different WiFi channels - 2.4GHz and 5GHz - but what’s the difference between these and which one is right for you?
 
Most newer wireless routers offer two separate bands of channels, but choosing the right one can be challenging, especially if you don’t geek out over today’s technology and simply want to plug everything in and access the internet..

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Celebrate a Classic: National Landline Day

 
old telephone

Remember the days when you had to memorize your crushes’ digits, and you would twirl the coiled phone cord around your finger nervously waiting for them to pick up? Or perhaps you still remember your best friend’s phone number by heart all these years later..

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Why Should I Make the Switch to HomeStream TV?

people looking at laptop


HomeStream TV is an app-based video service that offers many benefits over traditional cable. But, how exactly can HomeStream TV help you? 

The Benefits of HomeStream TV

Let’s take a look and explore the many features that HomeStream TV offers..

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Learn More Now: What is HomeStream TV?

homestream logo

HomeStream TV blends the traditional experience of watching video with today’s modern streaming services. This means that you get the benefit of watching all your normal movies, shows and live events plus access to our Video on Demand streaming library and the ability to watch on your smartphone or tablet..

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10 Tech Tips and Tricks to Save You Time Now

Home Telecom wants you to start 2021 right - with some valuable tech tips and tricks to help you save time..

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'Tis the Season to Give Back

This year both flew by and crawled by at a snail’s pace. One thing for sure is that the holiday season is once again upon us, and due to all the hardships many people have endured, it’s never been more important to give back to those less fortunate and in need..

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DIY Christmas Crafts

Deck the halls with DIY Christmas decor this year! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite DIY holiday and Christmas decorations that are easy regardless of your crafting experience. Whether you want to give homemade gifts this year or want to adorn your house and mantel with your projects, there’s no time like now to get in the holiday spirit..

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Your Cable Costs Explained

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Pandemic-Friendly Holiday Light Celebrations

Holiday light celebrations may look a little different from year’s past. But that’s no reason to feel down this year. We’ve put together a list of the top holiday light celebrations in Charleston and the surrounding areas so you can start humming carols and feeling the holiday spirit..

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Celebrate GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is an annual event on December 1 that celebrates a day of global giving. Small businesses, corporations, non-profits, schools and faith-based organizations join together to celebrate this movement..

Read Article »

Top 10 Tech Gifts for 2020

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is drawing to a close and that Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa is around the corner. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the technology-loving friend or family member in your life or you feel like splurging since this year has been a downer, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 tech gifts to explore this season..

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Best New Apps of 2020

2020 is a year that will live in infamy, but fortunately for Apple and Android users, there’s been a slew of fantastic new apps released this year. With the highly coveted release of the iPhone 12, Home Telecom has rounded up the top list of picks, because let’s face it — without apps, your expensive smartphone is just a costly paperweight..

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Home Telecom Retail Service Center Opens in Nexton with Virtual Ribbon-Cutting

MONCKS CORNER, SC October 12, 2020 — It may not be the traditional Grand Opening with food trucks, giveaways, and open house tours, but the times themselves are far from traditional. Thanks to virtual technology however, Home Telecom officially opens their new Nexton Retail Office today, Monday, October 12, with a virtual ribbon-cutting by Home Telecom leaders, employees and Nexton representatives..

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Fun October Celebrations

October is full of fun celebrations, including World Smile Day® and You Matter to Me Day, which seems especially appropriate to celebrate this year. Many people are depressed and worried about the pandemic, politics and natural disasters..

Read Article »

Celebrate World Teacher's Day

We know that school may look a little different amid this COVID-19 pandemic, making World Teacher’s Day a little more important and unique this year.

World Teacher’s Day is celebrated on October 5, and celebrated annually, commemorating the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation about the status of teachers..

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Hurricane Season Preparedness

As we reach the mid-way point of hurricane season, there’s never been a more critical time to prepare yourself for a natural disaster. Running from June 1 through November 30 each year, hurricane season this year is different due to COVID-19..

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Celebrate Grandparents Day

On Sunday, September 13, we celebrate Grandparents Day. Whether you’re celebrating in-person or online, we encourage everyone to reach out to their grandparents and learn more about how they grew up and the trials they faced..

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Celebrate International Day of Charity

On September 5, 2020, celebrate the International Day of Charity. Declared a holiday by the United Nations in 2012, this holiday is in honor of Mother Teresa’s death, and commemorates her tireless work to help overcome worldwide poverty and suffering..

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How to Extend the Life of Tech Devices

Like many Americans during COVID, you might find yourself working from home and on a tight budget this summer. Whatever the circumstances, you’re probably trying to stretch your current laptop and electronic devices' lifespan..

Read Article »

Low-Risk COVID-19 Weekend Trips in the Carolinas

If you’re looking for some outdoor fun in the sun that is an action-packed family weekend adventure away from COVID-19, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina!

Here are some great low-risk COVID getaways that will have you breathing fresh air and feeling recharged..

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Wired Home Internet Is the Best Option for Students as Home Telecom Makes It Happen for Families without Access

From the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Home Telecom has been aiding school districts by promoting public wireless “hotspot” locations and providing free wired internet to students without access to the internet so they can do their homework assignments, tap into e-learning classes, or to keep up with current news and guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic..

Read Article »

DIY Home E-Learning Spaces and Tips

If your college or your children’s school has been temporarily closed due to COVID, you might be worrying about how you can manage learning from home until we have a better way to control the spread of this pandemic..

Read Article »

What is HomeStream TV?

You’ve probably heard about live streaming and Video-on-Demand Streaming (VOD) in today's modern high-tech world. But what exactly are these types of service, and how do they benefit you? .

Read Article »

How the Internet Works

How the Internet Works

While we would like to think of the internet as a magic technological gateway that keeps us up-to-date on the latest celebrity gossip, sporting events and news, the internet is an advanced system of worldwide computer networks..

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Best Ways to Use the Internet During Covid-19

Best Ways to Use the Internet During Covid-19

Pre-COVID-19, the internet was something that most took for granted, and it was just there as part of our daily lives. After experiencing quarantines and social distancing protocols, the internet is becoming a tool that we use to keep in touch with the outside world, including friends and family..

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June Welcomes South Carolina’s Abundant Farmers Markets

May Welcomes South Carolina’s Abundant Farmers Markets

Farmers market season is once again upon us, and we’re excited to see and taste what 2020 has in store for South Carolina.

Whether you love browsing local produce, baked goods, meats or crafts, farmers markets are a great way to spend some time outdoors while supporting local farmers and artisans..

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of Americans suffer from mental health illnesses that affect how they think and feel. Research suggests that mental health conditions don’t begin from one event, but are a combination of lifestyle, environment and genetic influences..

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Alas, April’s showers are over, and blooming forth are May’s beautiful flowers. While some are blessed with green thumbs, there are many of us that want to have a breathtaking garden but need a little modern-day assistance from the pros, which in this case means gardening apps..

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Celebrate Earth Day with Energy-Saving Strategies

Tiny ecosystem

On April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day, which is an annual event that draws attention to environmental protection. Energy-saving strategies are a vital component to helping save Mother Earth, which is why Home Telecom embraces the latest technology and tips to help reduce energy consumption..

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Home Telecom Coronavirus Update

To Our Customers,

At Home Telecom, we remain committed to keep all of you connected at all times throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we want to be sure to keep you and our employees safe and healthy while doing so..

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Coronavirus Message

A special message to our customers:


Home Telecom has been paying close attention to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past few weeks. Our goal is to protect the health and welfare of our employees, customers, their families, and community members..

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International Women's Day: Most Influential Women in Tech

International Women’s Day is on March 8th, 2020, and Home Telecom is celebrating the political, cultural, economic and social achievements of women worldwide. In light of this special holiday, we wanted to honor the 12 most influential and powerful women in the tech industry..

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Charleston STEM Festival

Charleston STEM Festival celebrates the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. On March 7th, 2020, join us for this seventh annual festival, which is perfect for children, teenagers and families..

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Charleston Wine and Food Fest

The 15th annual Charleston Wine and Food Fest is March 4th-8th, 2020. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 unique culinary Charleston experiences that will surely feed both your stomach and soul! For more than five days, Charleston will host top award-winning chefs, amazing winemakers, cookbook authors, storytellers, food enthusiasts and a variety of artisans from around the globe..

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Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17th. This nationwide holiday celebrates and encourages acts of kindness, whether it’s a small compliment or a life-changing gesture. .

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Introducing Our New State of the Art Facility

Home Telecom is excited to give you a sneak peek at our brand new Technology and Retail Center located in Nexton!

Our new building boasts more than 20,000 square feet and is located in Parkway District, which is Charleston’s latest business community in CoOp@Nexton..

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Considering Cutting the Cord? Think Twice!

If you’re considering ringing in the New Year by cutting the cord on cable and going with individual subscriptions, you may want to reconsider. When you unbundle channel packages, not only do you lose subscriptions but often you end up spending more money..

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10 Ways to Ease Your Winter Blues

The darker, colder months of winter can get easily get you feeling down, sad and depressed. These winter blues - otherwise medically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - cause depression in the late fall and early winter months..

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Celebrating Mardi Gras in Charleston

The origins of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, traces back to medieval Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries and the French House of the Bourbons. Known as the “Boeuf Gras” - or the fattened calf - this celebration eventually followed to France’s colonies..

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Best Ways to Stream the Big Game

It’s been an exciting football season this year, and now with the Big Game day upon us, we can finally watch the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers battle it out on our big screen TVs on February 2, in Miami, Florida, at 6:30 PM EST..

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Join Home Telecom in Donating Blood

Home Telecom is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Friday, February 7, 2020. January is National Blood Donor Month, and while our drive maybe a week late, we encourage you and your loved ones to visit us at 579 Stoney Landing Road, Moncks Corner SC 29461, from 10 AM to 3 PM..

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How to Protect Your Data

Data Privacy Day is on January 28th and is an international effort to help businesses and individuals safeguard their online data and information.

Home Telecom strives to educate customers about practicing online protection and security..

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US New Year’s Traditions and Their History

The United States is steeped in traditions, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. So whether you’re at a friend’s house or a fancy party downtown, here are some classic New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions that are timeless and will never go out of style (at least not any time soon)..

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Home Telecom Negotiating with FOX Corporation

MONCKS CORNER, SC December 27, 2019 — Currently, Home Telecom is in negotiations with FOX Corporation concerning renewal of a contract for networks such as Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2, which expires on December 31, 2019..

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Tips for Last Minute Christmas Shopping

If you’re one of those people that saved all your Christmas shopping until the last minute, such as Christmas Eve-Eve-Eve, we have some great last-minute buys that will thrill family, friends and loved ones alike..

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Introducing Our New State of the Art Facility

Home Telecom is excited to give you a sneak peek at our brand new Technology and Retail Center located in Nexton!

 

Our new building boasts more than 20,000 square feet and is located in Parkway District, which is Charleston’s latest business community in CoOp@Nexton..

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Home Telecom Awarded $8.1 Million USDA ReConnect Grant to Provide Connectivity to Charleston and Berkeley County Rural Communities

MONCKS CORNER, SC December 9, 2019 – Home Telecom announces they have been awarded an $8.1 million Rural Development Broadband ReConnect grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cable in rural Charleston and Berkeley Counties including areas of Honey Hill, Huger, Awendaw, and McClellanville, as well as areas of Cross and Sandridge..

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How to Prevent Your Packages From Getting Stolen

‘Tis the season to give and receive gifts, which means delivery companies are working overtime to deliver the abundance of packages associated with the convenience of online shopping. However, this also means that thieves are lurking and the anxiety and hassle associated with tracking down missing packages negate the convenience of Prime delivery..

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019

Get ready to mark your calendars because Black Friday is on November 29 th this year! While Black Friday itself will showcase some of the best deals, retailers will start advertising sales earlier than ever this year in early November..

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Celebrate Christmas in the Lowcountry

If you’re looking for a fun-filled, southern Christmas adventure, Charleston offers an A-list of top attractions that are enjoyable for the entire family. The Charleston holiday experience is at the top of our list, as it features a variety of winter festivals, seasonal events and fabulous shopping..

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Tips for Dealing With Daylight Saving Time

While it’s usually easier to fall back an hour in the winter than it is to spring ahead every year, daylight saving time still isn’t without some challenging bedtime issues. In the fall, people usually have a more difficult time falling asleep the first week after the time change..

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Terrific Tech Gadgets for Tailgating

Terrific Tech Gadgets for Tailgating

Football season is in full swing, and that means traditional tailgating is dominating Sunday’s meals. If you’re looking for an easier way to cheer on your favorite football team, we’ve compiled a list of must-have tailgating tech gadgets..

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Don’t Give Into Halloween Tricks - Sign Up For Our Security Package

Don’t Give Into Halloween Tricks - Sign Up For Our Security Package

Home security is nothing to mess around with, especially when you consider that there are nearly 1.5 million burglaries during the day and 1.3 million at night.

Burglars usually target houses that don’t have home security systems, but did you know that fewer than 20% of homes have security systems in place? This means that homes that don’t have security systems are 300% more likely to get burglarized than homes that have security alarms..

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31 Days of STEM Activities and Projects

31 Days of STEM Activities and Projects

Countdown to Halloween with 31 days of STEM activities! Get your kids involved in fun, engaging activities that are educational and entertaining.

STEM is an acronym that means Science, Technology, Engineering and Math..

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Best iOS Apps for Cooking

Essentials for Hurrican Season

Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller and Graham Elliott weren’t born amazing chefs; they aspired to become culinary masters. So whether you love cooking basic meals or prefer to go all-out, September 25 is National Cooking Day and we think it’s special enough to celebrate! .

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Must-Reads for Small Business Owners

Essentials for Hurrican Season

Whether you’re a small business owner or aspire to become one, there’s a plethora of books and guides available in stores and online to help you promote your business and achieve your goals..

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Charleston Restaurant Week

Essentials for Hurrican Season

Once a year, locals and visitors alike explore the delicious food scene that makes Charleston Restaurant Week such an incredible success.

Running from Wednesday, September 4 through Sunday, September 15, several iconic restaurants will be participating with special lunch and dinner menus..

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Essentials for Hurricane Season

Essentials for Hurrican Season

Hurricane season is in full swing, which means that hurricane preparedness should be on everyone's minds.

If you live in a hurricane zone, the chances are that you have your standard gear ready to deploy at a moment’s notice - drinking water, tarps, disposable batteries, food and a first aid kit..

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Smart Technology for Football Helmets

Smart Technology for Football Helmets

One of the most significant and deadly types of football injuries are those involving the head. Concussions and head impact injuries are one of the leading causes of permanent injuries in young athletes, especially when they are at ages where their brains are still maturing..

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Back to School Apps

Back to School Apps

School is once again right around the corner and chances are you’re counting down the days until your kids are back in class again. Instead of only doing the traditional back to school shopping, opt to also include school and homework apps into your children’s regular routines..

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Top 5 Summer Screen Time Rules

Top 5 Summer Screen Time Rules

The kids are out of school and about the only thing they want to do is play on their tablets, the computer or your iPhone. Studies show that setting limits for children to use technological devices is important..

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Instagram is Considering Removing Your Likes

Instagram is Considering Removing Your Likes

Instagram is in beta testing with a new feature that will hide the number of “likes” (❤️) on your post. #SayWhaaaat

The company says that they would prefer Instagram users to focus on the content you are sharing instead of the number of likes and overall popularity of your posts..

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Solar Powered Devices

Solar Powered Devices

Our society depends on electricity to power our daily lives. Whether it’s charging our electronic devices, cooking dinner, keeping the refrigerator cold or streaming the latest episodes of “Stranger Things 3,” when the power goes out, our lives come to a screeching halt..

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Experience Home Security Facial Recognition Software

Experience Home Security Facial Recognition Software

You know that home security code you give to your kids, closest friends, family and neighbors in the event of an emergency? What happens if your kids happen to give the code to a friend and they tell someone else? We hope this never happens to you, but how would you know if it did? .

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12 Fun Tech Gadgets You Should Take to the Beach this Summer

Summer is here, the kids are out of school and you need a well-deserved, relaxing day at the beach! If you’re looking for summertime vacation gadgets that will be a big hit on the beach this year, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve scoured the internet, taken personal recommendations and have compiled an essential beach vacation list that will make this summer both memorable and fun..

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Summer Camps with STEM Opportunities

June marks the beginning of summer vacation and to help fight summertime boredom and boost your children’s learning experiences, Trident Technical College is offering exclusive summer camps for kids and teens..

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Fun Things To Do In Charleston In June


Charleston is bustling with sightseeing opportunities and with summer just around the corner, now is the time to mark your calendars. Whether you’re looking to soak in the sun’s rays on one of Charleston’s pristine beaches or kick back with friends for a night on the town, we have something for you! .

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Apple Reveals New iPad Air and iPad Mini

Rejoice! The new Apple iPads are now available!

Apple is famous for their new product releases--and the accompanying fanfare--so you may have missed this news. The new iPads were unveiled with a humble press release and update to the Apple Store last month..

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Home Telecom Wins 3 BroadbandNow Awards

MONCKS CORNER, SC May 15, 2019 – Home Telecom has won three BroadbandNow 2019 Internet Service Provider Awards in the mid-sized provider category including Top Internet Speeds Nationwide; Top 3 Fastest Fiber Providers in South Carolina; and Top 5 Fastest Internet Providers in South Carolina..

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Top 10 Tips for Staying Safe & Secure Online

The modern world keeps us online constantly. From the apps on our phones, to the websites we visit on our computers, we create mountains of data everyday.

And with new headlines seemingly every hour about security breaches and online hacks, it is up to each and everyone of us to take steps to protect ourselves..

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Home

The technological age we live in means breakthroughs in everything from medical care to communication, but one of the best ways to take advantage of new technology is by making important ecological changes that will benefit not only you but also help to protect our natural resources..

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Choosing the Right Music Streaming Service

The days of having to meticulously download and pay for each individual track on your favorite playlist are long gone. Music streaming services have become a popular alternative to purchasing music, and with so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming..

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Spring Cleaning Your Computer

As the weather gets warmer and the sunlight shines through the windows, the first thing you may see is a thick layer of dust everywhere you look. There’s a reason people get the urge to clean their house during the springtime..

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Money Saving Tips for Your Spring Break

Spring break is a great time to kick back and relax, but you may be tied by budget constraints that make you feel like you are limited in your destinations.

With a little planning and some smart tips, you can make your spring break one for the books, without blowing your budget..

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The Skinny on Smart Scales: More than just Weight

Expert fitness trainers all agree that the number on a scale is the last thing that someone looking to get healthier should focus on when trying to become more fit. Muscle weighs more than fat, and several factors contribute to the overall composition of a healthy body..

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What’s the Difference Between Amazon Alexa and Google Home?

Working off the trend of hands-free help from technology, smart speakers have become all the rage from tech giants hoping to turn the average home into a “smart home.” However, even with the most user-friendly of features, these speakers can be hard to choose between, so see below for the key differences between the two so you can make an informed decision for what suits your home best..

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115 Years Young, Home Telecom Hits Its Stride in Services & Economic Growth

MONCKS CORNER, SC February 22, 2019 – Moving at a speed demanded by high technology, Home Telecom is seeing their 115th Anniversary as more than just another centenarian birthday. With a long-term strategy for doubling their current customer-base by late 2022, Home Telecom is announcing the first phase of their new corporate leadership structure, put in place to help them achieve those goals; and expansion plans for a new building opening by the end of this year..

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Ten Tech Gifts to Show Your Love on Valentine’s Day

Flowers and candy are lovely ideas, but the best gifts you can give your Valentine stand the test of time for the entire year. Tech gifts are on everyone’s lists this year for both giving and receiving, and if you are curious about the best ones, see below..

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Ads to Watch For During the Big Sunday Game

With over 100 million viewers tuning in every year, the big game is always one to remember. However, we all know that some of those faithful viewers of the big game are only in it for the advertising, which ad agencies take advantage of by bringing the best of the best..

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Act Now and Take Action on World Backup Day

a hard drive, sd card, and a flash drive

Don’t become a victim of April Fools this year! Backup your important documents and files online no later than March 31. 
 
You must back up all your important computer and phone files, such as documents, emails, financial data, family photos and home videos..

Read Article »

WiFi Channels: What’s the Difference Between 2.4GHz vs. 5GHz?

wifi symbol

You’ve probably seen the different WiFi channels - 2.4GHz and 5GHz - but what’s the difference between these and which one is right for you?
 
Most newer wireless routers offer two separate bands of channels, but choosing the right one can be challenging, especially if you don’t geek out over today’s technology and simply want to plug everything in and access the internet..

Read Article »

Celebrate a Classic: National Landline Day

 
old telephone

Remember the days when you had to memorize your crushes’ digits, and you would twirl the coiled phone cord around your finger nervously waiting for them to pick up? Or perhaps you still remember your best friend’s phone number by heart all these years later..

Read Article »

Why Should I Make the Switch to HomeStream TV?

people looking at laptop


HomeStream TV is an app-based video service that offers many benefits over traditional cable. But, how exactly can HomeStream TV help you? 

The Benefits of HomeStream TV

Let’s take a look and explore the many features that HomeStream TV offers..

Read Article »

Learn More Now: What is HomeStream TV?

homestream logo

HomeStream TV blends the traditional experience of watching video with today’s modern streaming services. This means that you get the benefit of watching all your normal movies, shows and live events plus access to our Video on Demand streaming library and the ability to watch on your smartphone or tablet..

Read Article »

10 Tech Tips and Tricks to Save You Time Now

Home Telecom wants you to start 2021 right - with some valuable tech tips and tricks to help you save time..

Read Article »

'Tis the Season to Give Back

This year both flew by and crawled by at a snail’s pace. One thing for sure is that the holiday season is once again upon us, and due to all the hardships many people have endured, it’s never been more important to give back to those less fortunate and in need..

Read Article »

DIY Christmas Crafts

Deck the halls with DIY Christmas decor this year! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite DIY holiday and Christmas decorations that are easy regardless of your crafting experience. Whether you want to give homemade gifts this year or want to adorn your house and mantel with your projects, there’s no time like now to get in the holiday spirit..

Read Article »

Your Cable Costs Explained

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Pandemic-Friendly Holiday Light Celebrations

Holiday light celebrations may look a little different from year’s past. But that’s no reason to feel down this year. We’ve put together a list of the top holiday light celebrations in Charleston and the surrounding areas so you can start humming carols and feeling the holiday spirit..

Read Article »

Celebrate GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is an annual event on December 1 that celebrates a day of global giving. Small businesses, corporations, non-profits, schools and faith-based organizations join together to celebrate this movement..

Read Article »

Top 10 Tech Gifts for 2020

It’s hard to believe that 2020 is drawing to a close and that Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa is around the corner. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for the technology-loving friend or family member in your life or you feel like splurging since this year has been a downer, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 tech gifts to explore this season..

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Best New Apps of 2020

2020 is a year that will live in infamy, but fortunately for Apple and Android users, there’s been a slew of fantastic new apps released this year. With the highly coveted release of the iPhone 12, Home Telecom has rounded up the top list of picks, because let’s face it — without apps, your expensive smartphone is just a costly paperweight..

Read Article »

Home Telecom Retail Service Center Opens in Nexton with Virtual Ribbon-Cutting

MONCKS CORNER, SC October 12, 2020 — It may not be the traditional Grand Opening with food trucks, giveaways, and open house tours, but the times themselves are far from traditional. Thanks to virtual technology however, Home Telecom officially opens their new Nexton Retail Office today, Monday, October 12, with a virtual ribbon-cutting by Home Telecom leaders, employees and Nexton representatives..

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Fun October Celebrations

October is full of fun celebrations, including World Smile Day® and You Matter to Me Day, which seems especially appropriate to celebrate this year. Many people are depressed and worried about the pandemic, politics and natural disasters..

Read Article »

Celebrate World Teacher's Day

We know that school may look a little different amid this COVID-19 pandemic, making World Teacher’s Day a little more important and unique this year.

World Teacher’s Day is celebrated on October 5, and celebrated annually, commemorating the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation about the status of teachers..

Read Article »

Hurricane Season Preparedness

As we reach the mid-way point of hurricane season, there’s never been a more critical time to prepare yourself for a natural disaster. Running from June 1 through November 30 each year, hurricane season this year is different due to COVID-19..

Read Article »

Celebrate Grandparents Day

On Sunday, September 13, we celebrate Grandparents Day. Whether you’re celebrating in-person or online, we encourage everyone to reach out to their grandparents and learn more about how they grew up and the trials they faced..

Read Article »

Celebrate International Day of Charity

On September 5, 2020, celebrate the International Day of Charity. Declared a holiday by the United Nations in 2012, this holiday is in honor of Mother Teresa’s death, and commemorates her tireless work to help overcome worldwide poverty and suffering..

Read Article »

How to Extend the Life of Tech Devices

Like many Americans during COVID, you might find yourself working from home and on a tight budget this summer. Whatever the circumstances, you’re probably trying to stretch your current laptop and electronic devices' lifespan..

Read Article »

Low-Risk COVID-19 Weekend Trips in the Carolinas

If you’re looking for some outdoor fun in the sun that is an action-packed family weekend adventure away from COVID-19, look no further than Charleston, South Carolina!

Here are some great low-risk COVID getaways that will have you breathing fresh air and feeling recharged..

Read Article »

Wired Home Internet Is the Best Option for Students as Home Telecom Makes It Happen for Families without Access

From the earliest days of the COVID-19 outbreak, Home Telecom has been aiding school districts by promoting public wireless “hotspot” locations and providing free wired internet to students without access to the internet so they can do their homework assignments, tap into e-learning classes, or to keep up with current news and guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic..

Read Article »

DIY Home E-Learning Spaces and Tips

If your college or your children’s school has been temporarily closed due to COVID, you might be worrying about how you can manage learning from home until we have a better way to control the spread of this pandemic..

Read Article »

What is HomeStream TV?

You’ve probably heard about live streaming and Video-on-Demand Streaming (VOD) in today's modern high-tech world. But what exactly are these types of service, and how do they benefit you? .

Read Article »

How the Internet Works

How the Internet Works

While we would like to think of the internet as a magic technological gateway that keeps us up-to-date on the latest celebrity gossip, sporting events and news, the internet is an advanced system of worldwide computer networks..

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Best Ways to Use the Internet During Covid-19

Best Ways to Use the Internet During Covid-19

Pre-COVID-19, the internet was something that most took for granted, and it was just there as part of our daily lives. After experiencing quarantines and social distancing protocols, the internet is becoming a tool that we use to keep in touch with the outside world, including friends and family..

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June Welcomes South Carolina’s Abundant Farmers Markets

May Welcomes South Carolina’s Abundant Farmers Markets

Farmers market season is once again upon us, and we’re excited to see and taste what 2020 has in store for South Carolina.

Whether you love browsing local produce, baked goods, meats or crafts, farmers markets are a great way to spend some time outdoors while supporting local farmers and artisans..

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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

Millions of Americans suffer from mental health illnesses that affect how they think and feel. Research suggests that mental health conditions don’t begin from one event, but are a combination of lifestyle, environment and genetic influences..

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Alas, April’s showers are over, and blooming forth are May’s beautiful flowers. While some are blessed with green thumbs, there are many of us that want to have a breathtaking garden but need a little modern-day assistance from the pros, which in this case means gardening apps..

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Celebrate Earth Day with Energy-Saving Strategies

Tiny ecosystem

On April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day, which is an annual event that draws attention to environmental protection. Energy-saving strategies are a vital component to helping save Mother Earth, which is why Home Telecom embraces the latest technology and tips to help reduce energy consumption..

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Home Telecom Coronavirus Update

To Our Customers,

At Home Telecom, we remain committed to keep all of you connected at all times throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. However, we want to be sure to keep you and our employees safe and healthy while doing so..

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Coronavirus Message

A special message to our customers:


Home Telecom has been paying close attention to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past few weeks. Our goal is to protect the health and welfare of our employees, customers, their families, and community members..

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International Women's Day: Most Influential Women in Tech

International Women’s Day is on March 8th, 2020, and Home Telecom is celebrating the political, cultural, economic and social achievements of women worldwide. In light of this special holiday, we wanted to honor the 12 most influential and powerful women in the tech industry..

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Charleston STEM Festival

Charleston STEM Festival celebrates the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. On March 7th, 2020, join us for this seventh annual festival, which is perfect for children, teenagers and families..

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Charleston Wine and Food Fest

The 15th annual Charleston Wine and Food Fest is March 4th-8th, 2020. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 unique culinary Charleston experiences that will surely feed both your stomach and soul! For more than five days, Charleston will host top award-winning chefs, amazing winemakers, cookbook authors, storytellers, food enthusiasts and a variety of artisans from around the globe..

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Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17th. This nationwide holiday celebrates and encourages acts of kindness, whether it’s a small compliment or a life-changing gesture. .

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Introducing Our New State of the Art Facility

Home Telecom is excited to give you a sneak peek at our brand new Technology and Retail Center located in Nexton!

Our new building boasts more than 20,000 square feet and is located in Parkway District, which is Charleston’s latest business community in CoOp@Nexton..

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Considering Cutting the Cord? Think Twice!

If you’re considering ringing in the New Year by cutting the cord on cable and going with individual subscriptions, you may want to reconsider. When you unbundle channel packages, not only do you lose subscriptions but often you end up spending more money..

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10 Ways to Ease Your Winter Blues

The darker, colder months of winter can get easily get you feeling down, sad and depressed. These winter blues - otherwise medically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) - cause depression in the late fall and early winter months..

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Celebrating Mardi Gras in Charleston

The origins of Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, traces back to medieval Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries and the French House of the Bourbons. Known as the “Boeuf Gras” - or the fattened calf - this celebration eventually followed to France’s colonies..

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Best Ways to Stream the Big Game

It’s been an exciting football season this year, and now with the Big Game day upon us, we can finally watch the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers battle it out on our big screen TVs on February 2, in Miami, Florida, at 6:30 PM EST..

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Join Home Telecom in Donating Blood

Home Telecom is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive on Friday, February 7, 2020. January is National Blood Donor Month, and while our drive maybe a week late, we encourage you and your loved ones to visit us at 579 Stoney Landing Road, Moncks Corner SC 29461, from 10 AM to 3 PM..

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How to Protect Your Data

Data Privacy Day is on January 28th and is an international effort to help businesses and individuals safeguard their online data and information.

Home Telecom strives to educate customers about practicing online protection and security..

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US New Year’s Traditions and Their History

The United States is steeped in traditions, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. So whether you’re at a friend’s house or a fancy party downtown, here are some classic New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day traditions that are timeless and will never go out of style (at least not any time soon)..

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Home Telecom Negotiating with FOX Corporation

MONCKS CORNER, SC December 27, 2019 — Currently, Home Telecom is in negotiations with FOX Corporation concerning renewal of a contract for networks such as Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports 1, and FOX Sports 2, which expires on December 31, 2019..

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Tips for Last Minute Christmas Shopping

If you’re one of those people that saved all your Christmas shopping until the last minute, such as Christmas Eve-Eve-Eve, we have some great last-minute buys that will thrill family, friends and loved ones alike..

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Introducing Our New State of the Art Facility

Home Telecom is excited to give you a sneak peek at our brand new Technology and Retail Center located in Nexton!

 

Our new building boasts more than 20,000 square feet and is located in Parkway District, which is Charleston’s latest business community in CoOp@Nexton..

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Home Telecom Awarded $8.1 Million USDA ReConnect Grant to Provide Connectivity to Charleston and Berkeley County Rural Communities

MONCKS CORNER, SC December 9, 2019 – Home Telecom announces they have been awarded an $8.1 million Rural Development Broadband ReConnect grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop hundreds of miles of fiber-optic cable in rural Charleston and Berkeley Counties including areas of Honey Hill, Huger, Awendaw, and McClellanville, as well as areas of Cross and Sandridge..

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How to Prevent Your Packages From Getting Stolen

‘Tis the season to give and receive gifts, which means delivery companies are working overtime to deliver the abundance of packages associated with the convenience of online shopping. However, this also means that thieves are lurking and the anxiety and hassle associated with tracking down missing packages negate the convenience of Prime delivery..

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019

Get ready to mark your calendars because Black Friday is on November 29 th this year! While Black Friday itself will showcase some of the best deals, retailers will start advertising sales earlier than ever this year in early November..

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Celebrate Christmas in the Lowcountry

If you’re looking for a fun-filled, southern Christmas adventure, Charleston offers an A-list of top attractions that are enjoyable for the entire family. The Charleston holiday experience is at the top of our list, as it features a variety of winter festivals, seasonal events and fabulous shopping..

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Tips for Dealing With Daylight Saving Time

While it’s usually easier to fall back an hour in the winter than it is to spring ahead every year, daylight saving time still isn’t without some challenging bedtime issues. In the fall, people usually have a more difficult time falling asleep the first week after the time change..

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Terrific Tech Gadgets for Tailgating

Terrific Tech Gadgets for Tailgating

Football season is in full swing, and that means traditional tailgating is dominating Sunday’s meals. If you’re looking for an easier way to cheer on your favorite football team, we’ve compiled a list of must-have tailgating tech gadgets..

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Don’t Give Into Halloween Tricks - Sign Up For Our Security Package

Don’t Give Into Halloween Tricks - Sign Up For Our Security Package

Home security is nothing to mess around with, especially when you consider that there are nearly 1.5 million burglaries during the day and 1.3 million at night.

Burglars usually target houses that don’t have home security systems, but did you know that fewer than 20% of homes have security systems in place? This means that homes that don’t have security systems are 300% more likely to get burglarized than homes that have security alarms..

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31 Days of STEM Activities and Projects

31 Days of STEM Activities and Projects

Countdown to Halloween with 31 days of STEM activities! Get your kids involved in fun, engaging activities that are educational and entertaining.

STEM is an acronym that means Science, Technology, Engineering and Math..

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Best iOS Apps for Cooking

Essentials for Hurrican Season

Gordon Ramsay, Thomas Keller and Graham Elliott weren’t born amazing chefs; they aspired to become culinary masters. So whether you love cooking basic meals or prefer to go all-out, September 25 is National Cooking Day and we think it’s special enough to celebrate! .

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Must-Reads for Small Business Owners

Essentials for Hurrican Season

Whether you’re a small business owner or aspire to become one, there’s a plethora of books and guides available in stores and online to help you promote your business and achieve your goals..

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Charleston Restaurant Week

Essentials for Hurrican Season

Once a year, locals and visitors alike explore the delicious food scene that makes Charleston Restaurant Week such an incredible success.

Running from Wednesday, September 4 through Sunday, September 15, several iconic restaurants will be participating with special lunch and dinner menus..

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Essentials for Hurricane Season

Essentials for Hurrican Season

Hurricane season is in full swing, which means that hurricane preparedness should be on everyone's minds.

If you live in a hurricane zone, the chances are that you have your standard gear ready to deploy at a moment’s notice - drinking water, tarps, disposable batteries, food and a first aid kit..

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Smart Technology for Football Helmets

Smart Technology for Football Helmets

One of the most significant and deadly types of football injuries are those involving the head. Concussions and head impact injuries are one of the leading causes of permanent injuries in young athletes, especially when they are at ages where their brains are still maturing..

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Back to School Apps

Back to School Apps

School is once again right around the corner and chances are you’re counting down the days until your kids are back in class again. Instead of only doing the traditional back to school shopping, opt to also include school and homework apps into your children’s regular routines..

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Top 5 Summer Screen Time Rules

Top 5 Summer Screen Time Rules

The kids are out of school and about the only thing they want to do is play on their tablets, the computer or your iPhone. Studies show that setting limits for children to use technological devices is important..

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Instagram is Considering Removing Your Likes

Instagram is Considering Removing Your Likes

Instagram is in beta testing with a new feature that will hide the number of “likes” (❤️) on your post. #SayWhaaaat

The company says that they would prefer Instagram users to focus on the content you are sharing instead of the number of likes and overall popularity of your posts..

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Solar Powered Devices

Solar Powered Devices

Our society depends on electricity to power our daily lives. Whether it’s charging our electronic devices, cooking dinner, keeping the refrigerator cold or streaming the latest episodes of “Stranger Things 3,” when the power goes out, our lives come to a screeching halt..

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Experience Home Security Facial Recognition Software

Experience Home Security Facial Recognition Software

You know that home security code you give to your kids, closest friends, family and neighbors in the event of an emergency? What happens if your kids happen to give the code to a friend and they tell someone else? We hope this never happens to you, but how would you know if it did? .

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12 Fun Tech Gadgets You Should Take to the Beach this Summer

Summer is here, the kids are out of school and you need a well-deserved, relaxing day at the beach! If you’re looking for summertime vacation gadgets that will be a big hit on the beach this year, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve scoured the internet, taken personal recommendations and have compiled an essential beach vacation list that will make this summer both memorable and fun..

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Summer Camps with STEM Opportunities

June marks the beginning of summer vacation and to help fight summertime boredom and boost your children’s learning experiences, Trident Technical College is offering exclusive summer camps for kids and teens..

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Fun Things To Do In Charleston In June


Charleston is bustling with sightseeing opportunities and with summer just around the corner, now is the time to mark your calendars. Whether you’re looking to soak in the sun’s rays on one of Charleston’s pristine beaches or kick back with friends for a night on the town, we have something for you! .

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Apple Reveals New iPad Air and iPad Mini

Rejoice! The new Apple iPads are now available!

Apple is famous for their new product releases--and the accompanying fanfare--so you may have missed this news. The new iPads were unveiled with a humble press release and update to the Apple Store last month..

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Home Telecom Wins 3 BroadbandNow Awards

MONCKS CORNER, SC May 15, 2019 – Home Telecom has won three BroadbandNow 2019 Internet Service Provider Awards in the mid-sized provider category including Top Internet Speeds Nationwide; Top 3 Fastest Fiber Providers in South Carolina; and Top 5 Fastest Internet Providers in South Carolina..

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Top 10 Tips for Staying Safe & Secure Online

The modern world keeps us online constantly. From the apps on our phones, to the websites we visit on our computers, we create mountains of data everyday.

And with new headlines seemingly every hour about security breaches and online hacks, it is up to each and everyone of us to take steps to protect ourselves..

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Eco-Friendly Ways to Upgrade Your Home

The technological age we live in means breakthroughs in everything from medical care to communication, but one of the best ways to take advantage of new technology is by making important ecological changes that will benefit not only you but also help to protect our natural resources..

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Choosing the Right Music Streaming Service

The days of having to meticulously download and pay for each individual track on your favorite playlist are long gone. Music streaming services have become a popular alternative to purchasing music, and with so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming..

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Spring Cleaning Your Computer

As the weather gets warmer and the sunlight shines through the windows, the first thing you may see is a thick layer of dust everywhere you look. There’s a reason people get the urge to clean their house during the springtime..

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Money Saving Tips for Your Spring Break

Spring break is a great time to kick back and relax, but you may be tied by budget constraints that make you feel like you are limited in your destinations.

With a little planning and some smart tips, you can make your spring break one for the books, without blowing your budget..

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The Skinny on Smart Scales: More than just Weight

Expert fitness trainers all agree that the number on a scale is the last thing that someone looking to get healthier should focus on when trying to become more fit. Muscle weighs more than fat, and several factors contribute to the overall composition of a healthy body..

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What’s the Difference Between Amazon Alexa and Google Home?

Working off the trend of hands-free help from technology, smart speakers have become all the rage from tech giants hoping to turn the average home into a “smart home.” However, even with the most user-friendly of features, these speakers can be hard to choose between, so see below for the key differences between the two so you can make an informed decision for what suits your home best..

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115 Years Young, Home Telecom Hits Its Stride in Services & Economic Growth

MONCKS CORNER, SC February 22, 2019 – Moving at a speed demanded by high technology, Home Telecom is seeing their 115th Anniversary as more than just another centenarian birthday. With a long-term strategy for doubling their current customer-base by late 2022, Home Telecom is announcing the first phase of their new corporate leadership structure, put in place to help them achieve those goals; and expansion plans for a new building opening by the end of this year..

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Ten Tech Gifts to Show Your Love on Valentine’s Day

Flowers and candy are lovely ideas, but the best gifts you can give your Valentine stand the test of time for the entire year. Tech gifts are on everyone’s lists this year for both giving and receiving, and if you are curious about the best ones, see below..

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Ads to Watch For During the Big Sunday Game

With over 100 million viewers tuning in every year, the big game is always one to remember. However, we all know that some of those faithful viewers of the big game are only in it for the advertising, which ad agencies take advantage of by bringing the best of the best..

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