The Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (FMTC) was organized June 27, 1904 and
incorporated in 1906. A group of 28 farmers and merchants realized the need for a telephone system for rural Okolona. The purpose of creating this company was "to put up equipment, maintain, and operate a system of telephone lines with central exchange for the benefit of its members."
With this thought in mind, they purchased a one hundred drop switchboard fully wired with 15 drops installed. Poles were placed, wire was strung, phones were installed and an operator was hired. A membership fee of $1.00 per month was assessed and was used to pay for the equipment required to activate this communications system. With a common goal and the concentrated efforts of the members, The Farmers Mutual Telephone Company was created.
FMTC is a thriving rural telecommunications system offering a full line of communication services including local telephone services, as well as, affiliated company offerings for Internet, DSL, and long distance.
FMTC invested in and is currently affiliated with the following businesses:
- Com Net (1994) provides SS7 network, caller name identification, and billing services.
- bright net North (1995) provides internet services.
- Bright Long Distance LLC (BLD 1997) offers long distance.
- Bright CLEC (BCL 2001) offers discounted carrier services.
- Broadband Network Group LLC (BNG 2003) governs the Fiber Ring.
- Verisign Inc. (1988) provides database look-up services and offers casual call agreements.
FMTC the future
FMTC's future looks very promising. With the groundwork that has been laid over the last 100 years, how can we fail? We've overcome every hurdle, scaled every mountain, and endured every valley, imaginable. We've learned what works and what doesn't - we've continued to grow and prosper! With our eyes focused on providing our members with the best service and latest technology, all at a competitive price, we see FMTC moving forward, gaining more subscribers, and continuing to invest in our inside and outside plant.