99.9% Buried Plant

Storms are a given, outages aren’t. When the power goes out  your Internet shouldn’t. By having virtually 100% of our copper and fiber plant underground we eliminate a major source of outages and provide even greater uptime for our customers. Battery backups available upon request and absolutely recommended.

SERVICE AREA

Service Area Map

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 Incumbent Local Exchange Company (ILEC) 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 continue to expand its state of the art 100% buried fiber telecommunications and broadband services into underserved and unserved areas in Wheeler County and unserved and underserved areas in South Georgia.

W. R. Stanford originally founded Glenwood Telephone Company in 1898 as a telephone and telegraph office. The business was then passed on to his son C. R. Stanford upon his passing.  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 only thirty-three subscribers and 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 at the time.  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 inside the home.  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. Tragically Beverly was killed in an automobile accident at the age of nineteen which left Janice to be the next owner/operator of this generational family telephone company.

 

In time, GTC grew and prospered and in 1956, a new telephone business office was constructed and 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, very forward thinking at the time. Upon Mr. Adams’ death in 1982, Janice (Adams) O’Brien took over the management of the company. The business office was moved back into the home that had been the site of the original telephone office in 1989. The move was done to allow room in the Central Office Building to replace the old XY switch with a new Stromberg-Carlson DCO switch in 1990.  Also that year GTC added 13 miles of fiber optic cable to its facilities as a part of this capital improvement project which at the time was extremely forward thinking.  During 1994 to 1995, Janice became president of the Georgia Telecommunications Association (now Georgia Telecommunications and Broadband Association РGTBA) and was instrumental in passing the 1995 Telecommunications and Competition Development Act (§ 46-5-160) passed in Georgia.

LB and Clara Adams

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

In November of 2000, James T. O‚ÄôBrien (Jim), son of Janice O‚ÄôBrien, moved to Glenwood from¬†Atlanta to help¬†GTC start offering dial-up Internet Service to its customers which¬†at the time had extremely limited local options to access the Internet. In 2002 GTC put into service a Siemens EWSD ONE UP equipped with 1216 lines, replacing the Strongberg-Carlson CDO platform. Then in 2004 GTC was awarded $319.519, of which $277,819 were federal funds (15% match), from the¬†USDA/RUS Community Connectivity Broadband Grant Program. This award enabled GTC to implement 3 Mbps Down / 1 Mbps up “broadband” services to the City of Glenwood, jumpstarting its xDSL network buildout, which today provides 25/3 xDSL services to a majority of premises passed. In 2019, Glenwood Telephone Company started its Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC), South Georgia Broadband, Inc. to provide services outside of its local exchange area. Sadly, in October of 2021, Janice E. O‚ÄôBrien passed away after a brief illness. Her son, Jim took over as owner of GTC in November of 2021. Mr. O‚ÄôBrien looks forward to continuing to lead GTC into the third generation of family ownership.

¬†We are proud of our company, our experienced and versatile local employees, modern digital switching equipment, and 99.9% percent buried copper and fiber plant.¬† We are proud of over three generations and 80 years of fiscally sound management and boasts excellence in both service and reputation and the ability to offer the latest technologies to our subscribers in one of the¬†poorest areas not just in Georgia but also the United States. GTC has demonstrated its financial responsibility over the years in that it has an excellent¬†capital structure and strong equity ratio. GTC has a genuine¬†interest in the area it serves and is a responsible corporate citizen. Customer service is very important to GTC and we pride ourselves in our responsiveness to the needs of our customers and our community. New technologies and opportunities of the Information age place exciting demands on ‚Äúthe best little telephone company and ISP in Georgia” and GTC stands ready to serve its¬†community.¬†

Janice O'Brien

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22 West Fourth Ave. Glenwood, GA 30428