A Little Company History
J. P. Dickerman founded Topsham Telephone in 1899 and established a link between two isolated Vermont farm houses. The company continued to be locally owned by Mr. Dickermans children and grandchildren for many generations. Most recently, Mr. Dickermans great-grandsons wife, Yvette Tomlinson, worked for the company for thirty years until her retirement in 2006.
In 1953 Frank Sahlman, Sr. purchased the company and operated it from his West Topsham home. The property at 113 Fairground Road that currently houses Topsham Telephone was purchased by Mr. Sahlman in 1980 and the buildings were constructed at that time. Upon his death in 1999, Topsham Telephone was sold to Citizens Telephone Company of Hammond, New York. Citizens Telephone and Topsham Telephone are currently owned and operated by Mr. Don Ceresoli, Sr. and the Ceresoli family.
Since 1999 Topsham Telephone has expanded operations to include high speed internet access for all of our customers. We are also in the preliminary stages of a project that would offer Digital Cable Television over the telephone lines to our customers.
Currently Topsham Telephone serves just over 1,600 customers in the towns of: Topsham, West Topsham, Corinth & East Corinth, Vermont. Our service area also includes certain areas of the following towns: Bradford, Newbury, West Fairlee, Vershire, Orange and Washington, Vermont.
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Sign 24 month agreement for service, this waives the installation fee of $100.00
Service Order Fee- $10.00*
Monthly Service Fee- One billed month of service as prepayment
Installation & Set Up Fee- $100.00
Service Order Fee- $10.00*
Monthly Service Fee-One billed month of service as prepayment
Maintenance Fee*** – INCLUDED ABOVE
Wireless Router – Wireless Routers are an additional purchase, which made at the time of DSL install are $70.00. Once the router is purchased it is your equipment, not Topsham Telephone and is not included in any maintenance fee. Wireless routers allow access for additional computers to the DSL service. It also allows computers with a wireless card the ability to move the computer up to 300 feet from the router and still have access to the internet. If you have any questions or would like to purchase a router please ask the Customer Service Representatives. If purchased after your DSL is installed the router is $70.00 plus a service charge of $37.50 to install. Further charges may apply.
Reconnect Fee (per re-connection) – $45.00
*Indicates one time set up fees
*** The Maintenance Fee is for service which entitles customers the use of one (1) surge protection unit provided and installed by Topsham Telephone. The surge protector is designed to prevent high fluctuations in electrical charges from reaching the modem. Topsham Telephone will install the surge protector at the time the modem is installed and Customer must leave the surge protector and modem in place as installed by Topsham Telephone as long as they subscribe to the Service.