By 1958, six area telephone exchanges had been purchased by Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc. These exchanges were Trickham, purchased from Mr. and Mrs. HB James, Hall (Fisk), purchased from Ralph Hall, Valera, purchased from Mr. and Mrs. HT Crenshaw, Gouldbusk Free Rural Telephone Company of Gouldbusk, Santa Anna, and Burkett, purchased from VC and Rita Adams. In July of 1954, CCTC applied for and received the first REA loan in the amount of $540,000.00 to be repaid with 2% interest. With the acquisition of this loan, rapid progress was made within the Cooperative. By 1961, all exchanges had cut over to the dial system and by January, 1964, local operators were no longer needed due to switching to unattended operation.
In order to accommodate the rapidly growing membership, new office and plant facilities were constructed in 1964 in Santa Anna. The Santa Anna exchange grew so rapidly that by 1968 all available lines were in use. It then became necessary to install 200 additional lines.
The Cooperative’s tariff, which established all rules and regulations, was ratified and adopted in August 1976. Over the past several years, with the approval of the Public Utility Commission, amendments have been made in order to update the tariff.
A major improvement for CCTC came about in late 1977 with the cut over to private lines in all exchanges. Today, CCTC serves approximately 1600 subscribers over a 280 square mile area. CCTC celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2018.
CCTC formed Coleman County Telecommunications, LTD. in 1989, which led to the offerings of new services not only to CCTC members, but also for new customers outside of our membership area. A vital part of CCTC’s continued growth in the telecommunications arena is offering high speed wireless Internet as well as DSL and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) to Coleman County. CCTC remains committed to expanding its FTTH network to all of the rural communities it serves.
George Johnson served as CCTC’s first manager from May, 1954, to February, 1956. He was followed by Allyn Gill who served from March, 1956, to May, 1967. Upon his resignation, Thomas Wristen filled the position until his retirement in June, 1983. Danny Kellar served as manager from June 1983 until January of 1998, and Michael R. Walton served from April of 1998 until August of 2007. Tim Humpert was hired in April of 2008, and currently serves as manager of CCTC.
Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc. is customer owned and operated. We don’t just serve the community, we are a part of the community! CCTC employees routinely volunteer their time to assist in community events including the annual Funtier Days and Lions Club activities and contribute to county school activities such as Homecoming events, proms, graduations, sporting events and livestock shows.
We also proudly serve on our local city council, school, economic development and housing authority boards. CCTC remains committed to our community by supporting local organizations such as Santa Anna EDC, Coleman EDC, all county Volunteer Fire Departments, Coleman PRCA Rodeo, and much more.