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1951
June 29 - DeKalb Telephone Cooperative received its charter.
July 10 - First meeting of the Board of Directors was held. There were seven directors.Mc Allen Foutch served as legal counsel and was instrumental in the establishment of the cooperative.
December 17 - First loan was approved to construct the Alexandria, Liberty, and Temperance Hall exchanges.
1952
March 6 - Schedule of rates was adopted:
One-party Business Service - $6.00
One-party Residential Service - $4.75
Eight-party Service - $3.25
1953
December 19 - Cut-over celebration was held and system was placed in operation for 508 subscribers.
1954
Gordonsville Home Telephone System, Auburntown Telephone Company, and Smithville Telephone Company were purchased.
1955
Hickman Telephone Company was purchased and service was expanded to the Gassaway community.
1956
Service was provided to the Gordonsville, Auburntown, and Smithville exchanges.
Board of Directors expanded, with one director representing each exchange and one director representing the members-at-large.
1958
Additional funds were borrowed and the systems at Milton, Readyville, Woodbury, Short Mountain, Statesville and Norene were acquired.
1959
Began providing service to the Milton, Norene, and Woodbury exchanges.
Three directors were added to represent the three newest exchanges.
1960
New Middleton Telephone Company was acquired.
1964
Brush Creek Telephone Company was acquired.
1968
Eight-party service was deleted and all subscribers began receiving one-party or two-party service.
New rates were implemented:
One-party Business $8.75
One-party Residential $6.00
Two-party Business $7.50
Two-party Residential $5.00
1972
Board authorized an REA loan request to upgrade to one-party service.
1974
Two-party service was deleted and new rates were established for all one-party service.
Business $15.00
Residential $9.75
The organization was converted into a cooperative, nonprofit, general welfare,
membership corporation, and therefore the name became DeKalb Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
1976
Woodland exchange was added to the service area.
1980
A new building was constructed in Alexandria to house the plant and warehouse operations.
The Woodbury commercial office was reopened as a customer service center and retail phone store.
1981
A new building was constructed and opened as a customer service center and retail phone store in Smithville.
The cooperative's first digital switch was installed in Woodbury.
1985
Voting machines were authorized to be used in all future elections of cooperative directors.
1987
New rates were established:
Business $19.00
Residential $10.75
1988
A new warehouse was constructed.
1989
DTC won the lottery drawing for a cellular license to serve an eight-county rural area in Middle Tennessee, which included the DTC service area.
Digital switches were installed in Smithville, Alexandria, Liberty, Gordonsville, and Temperance Hall.
New rates were established:
Business $21.00
Residential $12.75
1990
A subsidiary, Advantage Cellular Systems, Inc., was established to provide cellular service.
1993
Woodbury's DMS-10 digital switch was replaced with a DMS 100/200.
Toll free calling area was expanded through County Seat and then County Wide Calling.
Equal access through 1+ dialing to any long distance carrier serving the area became available for all subscribers.
1994
Company Wide Calling became available, allowing toll free calling throughout the cooperative's service area.
Metro Area Calling became available for subscribers in Rutherford and Wilson counties.
Approximately 80 miles of fiber optic cable was installed.
Paging service was expanded to provide regional, statewide and nationwide coverage through paging resale.
1995
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) service and Internet access became available.
Bylaws were changed to allow the cooperative to offer new services such as TV and other entertainment, as permitted by state laws.
1996
The cooperative was now providing more than just basic telephone service. Therefore DeKalb Telephone Cooperative, Inc. began doing business as DTC Communications to better promote the wide array of services offered.
1997
DTC purchased the BLSS property adjacent to DTC's existing customer service office in Woodbury.
1998
A new customer service office and retail store was opened in Gordonsville
DTC was successful in obtaining Local Multi Point Distribution Service (LMDS) licenses for three areas.
A new building was constructed and opened for the customer service and retail store in Woodbury on the former BLSS property.
2000
The new 215 exchange was opened in Smithville due to numbers in the 597 exchange being exhausted.
2001
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service became available.
DTC began offering long distance service to its members.
2002
DTC became an Internet Service Provider.
2003
Implemented Early Voting Procedures to be more convenient for members.
2006
Advantage Cellular Systems, Inc (ACSI) began doing business as DTC Wireless.
2007
DTC began providing TV service under the DTC TV logo.
2008
DTC Rewards provided discounts to customers who subscribed to two or more DTC Services. Our way of saying THANKS for using DTC.
2009
DTC TV launched it's local community channel...myDTC3 is the exclusive community channel on DTC TV (channel 3) that will air local events such as Christmas parades, fairs, local ballgames, advertising, etc. Events are filmed and produced by DTC employees.
2010
Enhancements made to allow "Whole Home DVR". Instead of needing multiple DVR (Digital Video Recording) boxes DTC TV subscribers, who have DVR, will be able to watch recorded programs on any of their connected TV sets.
November 19 - DTC will use the 59 + years of experience serving Coop members to expand as a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) through DTC Advantage, a subsidiary of DTC. The first phase of the expansion into the Carthage and South Carthage area was completed to provide Broadband, Video, local and long distance phone services. This new network was built on the Fiber To The Home (FTTH) technology that provides increased capacity, improved reliability, and faster broadband speeds.