And everything they don't.
Rochester Town Council granted franchise to five businessmen for establishment of a telephone company. Lyman M Brackett, Joseph A. Myers, George W Holman, Henry A. Barnhart, and Rome C. Stephenson were founders and established monthly rental fees of $2 for business phone and $1 per month for residential service. Secretary of State authorization for corporation to conduct business was dated Dec. 3, 1895.
First switchboard located in small room at rear of Dawson building, 8th and Main streets, began active operation with 149 customers. Belle Bernetha was chief operator and served until a 1941 retirement.
First toll line to Argos.
First toll connection to Peru.
Common battery system installed, replacing hand crank magneto telephone systems.
The property lot at 117 West 8th Street, where the present central office building stands, was purchased.
Whippoorwill Telephone Company was purchased from Eliza Steinigner, with approximately 125 subscribers in Richland and Aubbeenaubbee Townships in Fulton County and Green and Union Townships of Marshall County.
RTC lost 15 percent of 1,600 subscribers during the Great Depression. It took until 1935 to regain those subscribers.
Dial service began. 25,000 local calls were made that day.
Worst tornado in Fulton County history struck, necessitated borrowing $150,000 from Small Business Administration of the United States to replace and repair 15 miles of pole lines and cable plant.
Direct distance dialing equipment put into service, eliminating the jobs of 33 local telephone operators.
RTC brought fiber to Rochester Community Schools.
Celebrated 100 years of providing service to the Rochester area.
Began to offer long distance telephone service.
Began providing Internet service to rural areas outside of the Rochester exchange.
Opening of our Akron Office as a full-service provider to Akron residents and businesses. Offering local telephone service, long distance, Internet and cable TV.
Purchased Medt Internet service in Mentone.
RTC Board of Directors approved a $9 million dollar fiber-to-the-home project, dubbed FiberConnect, in the Rochester city and selected areas outside the city limits. Project included phone, high-speed Internet and cable TV.
Verizon LRA - S&R partnership was created to provide cellular service for Verizon for 4G LTE in 5 counties.
Next Generation Carrier-class Internet network began providing speeds capable of 1 Gbps
The first 7 towers go live from partnership formed in 2011 with Verizon.
Argos FTTH Project - bringing fiber to the town of Argos
MCF Founded - Marshall County Fiber. Partnership between RTC & Marshall County REMC to provide fiber in some areas of Marshall County. RTC was awarded a CAF II grant from the state to help with this build.
RDOF - Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: We were awarded Federal funding to bring broadband & voice service to underserved communities in rural areas. Verizon purchased use of S&R equipment on the towers.
NLC 3 - Next Level Connections Round 3. RTC was awarded grant money to start building fiber to all of Fulton County.
NLC 4 - Next Level Connections Round 4. RTC is applying to receive more grants to expand broadband to more of rural Indiana.