Not 40 years, but 40 Members!!!! TLSN is proud to announce that Mid-Plains Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (MPRTC), in Tulia, TX has joined TLSN as the 40th Member. We are so excited to welcome Brent Kennedy, MPRTC General Manager, the MPRTC Board of Directors and all the employees to the TLSN family of companies.
Mid-Plains Rural Telephone Cooperative has a rich history, dating back to January 23, 1950. The Cooperative was formed in the auditorium of Tulia High School. There were approximately 500 people in attendance and 12 men were elected to serve on the Board of Directors. MPRTC served 8 exchanges over the next 46 years, bringing much needed communication services to the Texas Panhandle.
In 1996, Mid-Plains purchased the Silverton exchange from GTE and replaced the switching equipment and parts of the aerial cable. This acquisition added 425 access lines and brought the Silverton subscribers into the Cooperative as full members. Mid-Plains has experienced tremendous growth during the past few years and now serves 10 exchanges with 2800 access lines and covers 3,769 square miles. Fiber optic cable has been installed to improve service and to connect the Cooperative’s exchanges where possible. The 9 member Board of Directors and 21 employees of Mid-Plains Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. are very involved with their respective families and communities and constantly strive to provide high quality telecommunications services with the latest technology.
You can read more about Mid-Plains at www.midplains.org.
TLSN was established in 1998 with 38 Member Companies. Big Bend Telephone joined TLSN in 2008 as the 39th Member. Now Mid-Plains rounds out the membership at an even 40.
In the early years, TLSN‘s main focus was to coordinate the completion of the Member owned statewide fiber optic network. The original network was equipped with multiple OC48 SONET systems. In 2007, TLSN coordinated with 7 Member Companies to purchase and deploy Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems with 10G optical wavelength and Ethernet capabilities. The network has now grown to over 4700 fiber route miles lit with DWDM offering 10G and 2.5G wavelengths, Layer 2 and 3 Carrier Ethernet and SONET services. TLSN and its Member Companies own and operate 56 Carrier Ethernet equipped POPs in 54 cities in Texas and New Mexico.