COMPANY HISTORY

Geneseo, Cambridge and Henry County Communications, successfully serving you for more than 100 years.

1895-1926

  • 1895
    The Central Union Telephone Company opens an exchange to serve Geneseo, Illinois
  • 1901
    To compete with Central Union; John Dedrick and D.M. Storm form City Mutual Telephone Company
  • 1926
    Rural and city lines combine to form ‘Geneseo Co-Operative Telephone Company’

1941-1958

  • 1945
    The switchboard is moved from the 2nd floor of former Farmers National Bank building to the company’s current location on First Street
  • 1952
    New dial service is installed which leads to a 50% reduction in the operator force
  • 1953/1957
    Henry County Telephone Company than later Cambridge Telephone Company sign agreements allowing Geneseo Co-Operative Telephone Company to act as a service bureau
  • 1958
    As a privately owned company, the word “Co-Operative” is dropped, and the name becomes ‘Geneseo Telephone Company’

1965-1989

  • 1965
    Henry County Telephone Company expands service into Atkinson
  • 1968
    Geneseo Telephone Company becomes first Illinois company to provide 9-1-1 service
  • 1985
    A new digital switch is installed, and with-it comes Equal Access
  • 1988
    Geneseo Telephone; first independent telephone company in Illinois to convert to equal access
  • 1989
    Geneseo Telephone Co. is awarded the contract to develop and implement the Enhanced 9-1-1 system for Henry County

1990-1999

  • 1990
    Geneseo Telephone Co., first company in Illinois to offer CLASS features
  • 1994
    GenSoft Systems, Inc., is formed to market Operational Support Systems (OSS) software and billing service bureau functions for telephone companies nationwide
  • 1995
    Geneseo Telephone Company becomes an ISP (Internet Service Provider) and offers Internet services to customers
  • 1996
    Geneseo Long Distance is launched. Later that year Celebrate Communications, L.L.C. is formed
  • 1997
    Cambridge Telcom Services is formed, operating as a CLEC extending service into Andover, Illinois
  • 1998
    Telephone Companies band together to form IL PCS providing digital PCS under the Sprint PCS brand name.
  • 1999
    Digital Subscriber LineDSL’ High Speed Internet is offered
  • 1999
    Tri-Com, LLC is formed expanding services into portions of Henry and Mercer County, Illinois

2000-2010

  • 2000
    iPCS, is incorporated to assume the business of Illinois PCS
  • 2001
    TriCom L.L.C. purchases Interactive Design Consultants, and forms IDC Digital Solutions, a computer and Internet service provider. In that same year, a retail store is opened
  • 2001
    Geneseo Telephone Company replaces DMS-10 switch with a DMS-100 switch, offering Geneseo customers direct links to inter-exchange carriers
  • 2001
    iPCS, Inc. and Airgate PCS, a Sprint PCS affiliate, complete a stock for stock merger by which iPCS becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Airgate PCS
  • 2005
    Geneseo Telephone Company celebrates a century of service
  • 2006
    Geneseo Telephone Company purchases Precision Alignment building. Demolition of the building makes room for the new 4,500 square foot retail IDC TechCenter store
  • 2007
    Geneseo Telephone Company introduces On Guard Security offering monitored fire, smoke, security, and personal safety systems to residents of Henry County
  • 2008
    Geneseo Communications is awarded reseller license by Dish and DirecTV, expanding its offering to include video entertainment
  • 2010
    IDC Technology Solutions welcomes Radio Shack franchise
2011-2020

  • 2011
    Henry County Telephone named preferred provider of communication services for President Obama’s visit to Atkinson, Illinois
  • 2013
    Geneseo Communications opens Colohub in Bettendorf, Iowa, a new 56,000 square foot state of the art data center facility
  • 2013
    Cambridge Telcom begins extensive fiber optic project to better serve the communities of Kewanee, Wethersfield, and Galva IL
  • 2013
    Geneseo Communications announces plans to expand its direct fiber network into the Iowa Quad City area
  • 2014
    Geneseo Communications sells On Guard Security division
  • 2015
    Putnam and Rock Island Counties select Geneseo Communications to power 911 emergency services
  • 2015
    Cambridge Telcom begins fiber expansion to homes and business within areas of Cambridge, IL
  • 2015
    Geneseo Communications enters the Bitcoin world and processes its first mining machine from its Colohub Data Center facility in Bettendorf, Iowa
  • 2015
    The City of East Moline selects Geneseo Communications to power all city facilities with Fiber Optic Service
  • 2016
    Geneseo Communications launches BillPro Easy, a new customer billing platform including self-managed service through Apple and Android app access
  • 2017
    Cambridge Telcom announces plans to expand their fiber network to Orion, Il
  • 2020
    Geneseo Communications is awarded $5 Million and Cambridge Telcom $800 thousand in grant funding through the State of Illinois Connect Illinois Broadband Initiative