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A bill is introduced in the U.S. Senate to establish a Rural Telephone Administration modeled after the already successful Rural Electrification Administration (REA).
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.
Bandon Exchange is added to the new St. Marks dial-equipped office.
PSRTC purchases Holland and Stendal Telephone Companies.
To replace aerial open-wire lines, many miles of buried cable are placed into service.
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.
The Cooperative’s second digital switch is placed in the Santa Claus central office exchange.
All customers are cut over to private line service.
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.
First patronage capital credit distribution was paid to the membership. To date, over $6.2 million has been paid to cooperative members.
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.
Congress passes the Telecom Act of 1996. Telephone service is deregulated, ending the era of telephone monopolies.
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.
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.
PSRTC and PSCI collectively begin doing business as PSC.
PSC, with eight IFN partners, forms Indiana Video Network (IVN) and constructs a video head-end for carrying TV signals and programming.
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.
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.
A $29 million Coop-wide FTTH project is commenced in Christmas Lake Village in Santa Claus.
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.
PSC commences its Tell City CLEC operation and begins deploying fiber optics throughout the community.
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.
Coop-wide FTTH operation is at 70% complete deploying fiber optics. PSC consolidates its IP Softswitch/Voice Switching.
Fiber expansion projects (NLC, CAF, RDOF, etc.) in collaboration with Southern Indiana Power to bring fiber optics to underserved and unserved communities.
With over twenty other independent telephone companies, PSC sells Indiana Fiber Network (IFN).
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.
PSC celebrates 70th Cooperative Anniversary.