About PSC Fiber

Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (d.b.a. PSC Fiber) connects thousands of people and businesses through a robust broadband network and cutting-edge technology.  PSC Fiber’s powerful fiber-to-the-premise technology delivers the highest-quality Internet with speeds up to 1 Gig, streaming local TV, and local and long-distance phone service.  PSC Fiber also also provides an array of enterprise solutions including hosted voice services, managed business service, and feature-rich and scalable phone system to business clients in our region.  PSC Fiber focuses on providing the best technology and support with local people.  Headquartered in St. Meinrad, Indiana, PSC Fiber has been delivering exceptional service for more than 70 years.

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Our History

1944

A bill is introduced in the U.S. Senate to establish a Rural Telephone Administration modeled after the already successful Rural Electrification Administration (REA).

1949

Rural Electrification Act is amended, making long-term, low-interest loans available to rural telephone systems.

 

March 1, 1953

After the Rural Electrification Act is amended and government loans are available to rural telephone systems, Lamar, St. Marks, and St. Meinrad Telephone Companies join forces to incorporate the Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

1956-1959

Bandon Exchange is added to the new St. Marks dial-equipped office.

PSRTC purchases Holland and Stendal Telephone Companies.

     

1960s

To replace aerial open-wire lines, many miles of buried cable are placed into service.

1970s

Touch-tone service is available to customers with the upgrade of new electro-mechanical switching.

April 17, 1979

Indiana’s first digital switch is placed into Holland’s office exchange.

Early 1980s

The Cooperative’s second digital switch is placed in the Santa Claus central office exchange.

Custom Calling Features are available due to digital advancements, including Call Waiting, Call Forwarding, Conference Calling, and Speed Dialing.

All customers are cut over to private line service.

1984

AT&T, “Ma Bell,” is split into seven independent Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), or “Baby Bells,” leading to a surge in long-distance competition.

Late 1980s & Early 1990s

Fiber optic backbone network is constructed for central office exchanges.

1991

First patronage capital credit distribution was paid to the membership. To date, over $6.2 million has been paid to cooperative members.

1995

Perry Spencer Communications, Inc. (PSCI) subsidiary is created and offers local (toll-free) Internet access to Perry, Spencer, and Dubois counties. The Directory Recycling program is established. To date, the Cooperative has paid over $83,000 to local schools for collecting over 307,000 directories for recycling.

1996

Congress passes the Telecom Act of 1996. Telephone service is deregulated, ending the era of telephone monopolies.

1999

PSCI adds Long Distance services to its product line.

1995 – 2001

Coop completes a 5-year broadband network build and offers high-speed Internet (DSL) to 100% of cooperative members. 1996 – Congress passes the Telecom Act of 1996. Telephone service is deregulated, ending the era of telephone monopolies.

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2002

PSCI, with over twenty other independent telephone companies, forms Indiana Fiber Network (IFN) and creates Indiana’s first fiber optic network canvassing the entire state.

PSCI deploys fixed wireless high-speed Internet networking communities throughout Perry, Spencer, and Dubois counties.

2004

PSRTC and PSCI collectively begin doing business as PSC.

2005

PSC, with eight IFN partners, forms Indiana Video Network (IVN) and constructs a video head-end for carrying TV signals and programming.

2006

PSC adds cable TV services (PSCtv) to its product line.

Cooperatives One established. A partnership of PSC, Southern Indiana Power, and Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative to provide high-speed Internet via satellite technology.

2007

PSC embarks on its first Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) operation in Ferdinand. The town is overbuilt with fiber optics, creating one of Indiana’s first Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) communities. PSC deploys R-Net, a regional fiber network offering high-speed managed Internet data services.

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2010

A $29 million Coop-wide FTTH project is commenced in Christmas Lake Village in Santa Claus.

2011

PSC retires DMS 10 switches in all central offices and deploys its first IP Softswitch. PSC constructs fiber to Memorial Hospital Petersburg Clinic in Pike County from Jasper.  Additional fiber capacity was covered by PSC during construction to provide fiber access to businesses, libraries, and schools.

2013

PSC commences its Tell City CLEC operation and begins deploying fiber optics throughout the community.

2015

Ciena DWDM fiber ring installed through Perry, Spencer, and Dubois counties is comprised of 11 nodes and can scale to 800 Gb/s.2016 – PSC commences its Huntingburg CLEC operation and begins deploying fiber optics throughout the community.

2017

Coop-wide FTTH operation is at 70% complete deploying fiber optics. PSC consolidates its IP Softswitch/Voice Switching.

2019

Fiber expansion projects (NLC, CAF, RDOF, etc.) in collaboration with Southern Indiana Power to bring fiber optics to underserved and unserved communities.

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2021

With over twenty other independent telephone companies, PSC sells Indiana Fiber Network (IFN).

2022

PSC exits Cable TV services (PSCtv) and adds PSCstream to its product line.

Among Coop and CLEC customers, PSC celebrates its 10,000th fiber service cutover.

2023

PSC celebrates 70th Cooperative Anniversary.

 

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2024

Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone Cooperative (d.b.a. PSC) rebrands to PSC Fiber

 

 

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