header Home Support Contact Us
Champlain Telephone CompanyHomeCorporateServicesNewsContact Us

Our History

Providing continuous service to Champlain, Mooers, Mooers Forks, Rouses Point and Altona, New York since 1903.

The Champlain Telephone Company (CTC) is a regulated telecommunications company providing residential and commercial services to Champlain, Mooers, Mooers Forks, Rouses Point, and Altona.

The Facts

CTC was founded September 24, 1903. The principals of the company at that time were Mr. Maurice Knapp, Mr. Orin Southwick and Mr. A.B. Spellman. Today, CTC remains a family business with third and fourth generation family members actively involved with the company.

CTC has built and maintained its entire local communications network. Originally, CTC strung all its own wire on poles, which were bought and milled in the local area.

 

1920’s

Party Lines – some up to 18 on a line

 

1950’s

Automated switching with a dial tone
June 1955: 1,200 rural customers have the ability to dial their own calls

 

1960’s

Direct distance dialing

 

1980’s

Conversion from electrical-mechanical system to fully automated system
New features introduced e.g. speed dialing, call forwarding, call waiting party conference calls

 

1990’s

Dial-up Internet Service
1991, CTC became the first small, independent telephone company in New York with a 100 percent fiber optic “backbone”.

 

2001

DSL product introduced

 

Customers and Lines

 

 

December 31, 1911

December 31, 2006

 

Residential Customers

503

3,527

 

Business Customers

52

526

 

Total number of lines

555

5,798

Employees

 

1907

Basically a two-man operation

 

1960’s

Approximately 27

 

1990’s

Approximately 32

 

Today

Approximately 44

 

footer Privacy Maintained by Tyler Whitney Network Management Policy Network Management FAQs Acceptable Use Policy