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Our History

Mutual Switchboard Company

March 3, 1905

Mutual Switchboard Company

In 1905 the Kalona Mutual Switchboard Company was founded to provide organized switching services to independently operated farm lines, as well as to the town…

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Kalona Independent Telephone Company

March 3, 1930

Kalona Independent Telephone Company

In 1930, the Kalona Independent Telephone Company came into existence. It handled the rural lines, each of which had its own officers. Annual switching dues…

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New Office Building Constructed

January 1, 1950

New Office Building Constructed

In 1950 a new office building was constructed at 510 B avenue, and in 1951 a new automatic drop switchboard was installed that eliminated the…

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Advancements Lead to New Services

February 17, 1979

Advancements Lead to New Services

By 1979 KCTC had become the most advanced telephone company in the area, which included Northwestern Bell, General Telephone, Continental Telephone, as well as independent…

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A New Era

January 1, 1980

A New Era

A new era for the Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company began in 1980 with the construction of a new $250,000 facility at 510 B. Ave. The…

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CONVERGENCE

February 17, 1987

CONVERGENCE

The buzzword in the industry in the late 80’s was convergence: the merging of telecommunications with multimedia formats. General manager Ray Marner, working closely with…

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A 10 Year Plan

February 1, 1991

A 10 Year Plan

In 1991 the board of directors approved a progressive 10-year plan to move the company toward an all-fiber network and interactive video service delivery. Other services, such…

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Facility Expansion

February 17, 1993

In 1993 the Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company constructed a new building adjacent to the existing facility to meet some pressing needs of the community. The…

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A Focus on Fiber

February 17, 1995

A Focus on Fiber

Early 1995 saw another major change for KCTC when the board approved an ambitious 5-year plan to bring Kalona to the cutting edge of technology…

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Digital Wireless Comes to Kalona

February 17, 1999

Digital Wireless Comes to Kalona

Iowa Wireless Services announced its partnership with the Kalona Cooperative Telephone Company in 1999, bringing digital wireless service to the area. Built-in features of the…

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Changing with the Times

February 17, 2005

Changing with the Times

By 2005, KCTC was serving all customers with a hybrid fiber/copper model that provided high-speed (by the standards of the day) internet as well as…

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Community Partnerships Secure Success

February 17, 2022

Community Partnerships Secure Success

1997 also saw the installation of a telephone system and wiring at MP Elementary, including 23,000 ft. of wire, most of which was donated by…

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All Fiber & Answering the Call

February 17, 2022

All Fiber & Answering the Call

Having completed upgrading the Kalona serving area, in 2017 the KCTC Board chose to begin providing the same services to the Washington area in response…

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Hear from current and past members of the KCTC Board of Directors.