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Hargray Communications is a telecommunications provider based on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It operates internet throughout the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and the Savannah region of Georgia. Hargray has a monopoly on parts of the Low Country offering Cable Television, Broadband Internet, and Landline services. Hargray formerly resold cellular phone service through Cricket.[1]

Hargray Communications
Private
IndustryTelecommunications
Founded1949
HeadquartersHilton Head Island, South Carolina
Area served
Lowcountry and Savannah, Ga. regions
ProductsCable Television, Broadband Internet, Landline
Websitehttp://www.hargray.com/

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HistoryEdit

Hargray was founded in nearby Hardeeville under the name Harcan Telephone. Throughout the following decades, Hargray expanded in Bluffton and eventually onto Hilton Head Island.[2] By the 1980s, Hargray began offering cable television service to customers in the region in addition to telephone service. In 2007, Hargray was acquired by Quadrangle Capital Partners.[3] Several years later, in 2010, Quadrangle unsuccessfully attempted to sell Hargray.[3]

Data PublishingEdit

Hargray established Data Publishing in 1986.[2] It is responsible for publishing all of the Horry Telephone Directories. The company continued to expand and publish directories for other companies including Horry Telephone Cooperative and Windstream, among others. Under Quadrangle's ownership of Hargray, the company was ultimately sold to Horry Telephone Cooperative. The deal was completed in September 2012.[4]

AcquisitionsEdit

Hargray has acquired several cable systems in its service area, including Charter's system in Beaufort[5] as well as a few systems from Shentel.[6]

TechnologyEdit

Multiple technologies are employed depending on region, all reaching from the core headend and central office in Pritchardville, South Carolina.

For television, Hargray deploys IPTV or QAM digital TV service over coaxial cable. IPTV is handled via the Ericsson Mediaroom platform.

Voice services (POTS) are carried over both VoIP and copper telephone line.

Internet is provided by either DOCSIS 3.0 cable modems, ADSL modems, or fiber to the home. Hargray also provides public WiFi service and dial-up to customers.

As of September 27, 2012, Hargray has completed an integration of 7,000 Charter customers in the Beaufort, South Carolina area.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Earnings release" (PDF). media.corporate-ir.net.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved 2013-07-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b "Latest breaking news from Hilton Head & Beaufort, SC - The Island Packet". islandpacket.com. Archived from the original on 2010-08-14.
  4. ^ "Latest breaking news from Hilton Head & Beaufort, SC - The Island Packet". islandpacket.com.
  5. ^ "Latest breaking news from Hilton Head & Beaufort, SC - The Island Packet". islandpacket.com.
  6. ^ "Latest breaking news from Hilton Head & Beaufort, SC - The Island Packet". islandpacket.com.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved 2012-10-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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