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GTC operates an approximate 13 square mile area along the bluff side of the beautiful Oconee River in Wheeler and Laurens County Georgia.

Broadband Coverage*

*Coverage map updated May 31, 2022. Speeds and service availability are not guaranteed. 

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About Glenwood Telephone Company

Glenwood Telephone Company is the smallest, privately owned telephone company in Georgia.  It operates an approximate 13 square mile area along the bluff side of the beautiful Oconee River in Wheeler and Laurens County Georgia. Into its 3rd Generation of leadership GTC looks to expand into underserved and unserved areas. 

W. R. Stanford originally founded Glenwood Telephone Company in 1898. It was then passed on to his son C. R. Stanford.  The company was then purchased in 1940 by W. H. Harvey and Odessa Jones.  Three years later on January 2, 1943, they sold the company to Leon B. Adams and Eloise Cox Adams. The Adams’ purchase included a struggling exchange with thirty-three subscribers with one-party residential rates of $1.50 per month and one-party business rate of $2.50, which was comparable to what most of Georgia’s rural telephone exchanges were authorized to collect.  They collected the whole sum of $56.00 in their first month of ownership. The house previously occupied by Mr. And Mrs. Jones was also part of the purchase because the  switchboard was located there.  The Adams moved into their new home where Mrs. Adams assumed the duty of keeping the switchboard open twenty-four hours a day with the help of several local ladies including Mrs. Dot McDaniel, Miss Jean Maddox along with a Miss Anderson. The front room of their home became the business office and the social center of town.  While this popular operation was of great benefit to the community, it failed to provide the necessary funds to operate the company and support the family, forcing Mr. Adams to take other jobs.  He did quite a few other jobs and maintained the facilities in his old Dodge truck with only occasional part-time help. The Adams had two daughters, Janice Eloise and Beverly.  Beverly was killed in a tragic automobile accident at the age of nineteen.  Janice then was destined to be the next owner/operator of this family telephone company.

In time, the company grew and prospered and in 1956, a new telephone business office was constructed and a Stromberg-Carlson XY 120-line equipment installed to provide efficient service to its customers. The outside plant was upgraded and the switch expanded in 1972.  Starting around 1989, the old aerial wire was taken down and replaced in some parts of the exchange territory with buried plant.  

Upon Mr. Adams’ death in 1982, Janice (Adams) O’Brien took over the management of the company, which today has ten employees. The business office was moved back into the home that had been the site of the original telephone office in 1989. This was done to allow room in the Central Office Building to replace the old XY switch with a new Stromberg-Carlson DCO switch.  This change out took place in1990.  The company also added 13 miles of fiber optic cable to its facilities as a part of this capital improvement project.  In 1986, the company had 650 subscribers; in 1993, there were 675; and in 2000 the count was 968 at year-end.  

LB and Clara Adams

L.B. "Telephone Man" Adams & Eloise Cox Adams

Today, we have around 500 telephone customers and almost 400 DSL Customers. In December 1998 the new business office was built.  In order to add the new EWSD switch the original company site is once again being used as offices for outside plant personnel and for storage area for the company.

 In November of 2000, James T. O’Brien, son of Janice O’Brien, joined the company and helped GTC start offering dial-up Internet Service.  Today GTC proudly provides 25/3 service to a majority of it’s subscribers and is working on a self-funded, multi-year, multi-million dollar Fiber to the Home project. GTC has connectivity to multiple providers through multiple points of interconnection. 

In 2019 Glenwood Telephone Company started its CLEC, South Georgia Broadband, Inc. to provide services outside of its local exchange area. Currently South Georgia Broadband has started projects in Montgomery and Wheeler County, Georgia including parts of Mt. Vernon and Alamo, Georgia.

In October of 2021, Janice E. O’Brien passed away after a brief illness. Her son, Jim took over in November of 2021 and is now the sole owner of Glenwood Telephone Company. Mr. O’Brien looks forward to continuing to lead GTC into the third generation of family ownership.

We are proud of our company, our experienced and versatile employees, modern digital switching equipment, 99.9% percent buried copper & fiber optic networks.  Customer service is very important to our company and we pride ourselves in our responsiveness to the needs of our customers and our community. The new technologies and opportunities of the Information age place exciting demands on “the best little telephone company in Georgia.”

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22 West Fourth Ave. Glenwood, GA 30428