Celebrating 115 Years

Our rich history of technology innovation and
commitment to the communities we serve.

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Our History - 1898 to Present


 1898 – Mankato Citizen’s Telephone Company founded in Mankato, Minn. Investors purchased shares at $25.
 1901 – Mapleton and Garden City, Minn. franchises acquired.
 1905 – Eagle Lake, Minn. exchange forms.
 1907 – Saulpaugh Hotel in Mankato buys first private branch exchange.
 1918 – Federal government seizes control of large telephone companies and divides Minnesota: Northwestern Bell and Tri-State. MCTC is the largest of 1,719 independent telephone companies in Minnesota, outside of the Twin Goliaths.
 1927 – Operators no longer needed for local calls; Trans-Atlantic telephone service now available.
 1945 – First telephone call ever from England to Mankato, Minn.
 1949 – The Company is Minnesota’s largest independent telephone company, with exchanges in Mankato/North Mankato, Mapleton, Good Thunder, Madison Lake, Eagle Lake, St. Clair and Garden City.
 1963 – Mankato exchange converts to 7-digit dialing, allowing U.S. callers with Direct Distance Dialing to dial without assistance; DDD expanded to 19 communities in 1965; Company Foundation established.
 1964 -
National Independent Billing Inc. was founded as a mainframe-based billing service for independent telephone companies.
 1966 – Four-for-one stock split.
 1971 – Company’s first-ever television ads air.
 1972 – Two-for-one stock split.
 1984— Fiber optic cable between MCTC and Minnesota State University Mankato can carry 672 conversations on one fiber pair.
 1985 – Hickory Tech Corporation launches as a holding company, parent to five subsidiaries: MCTC, Mid-Comm, Computoservice  Inc., Information and Communication Service Inc., and Mid-Communications Cablevision Inc.
 1987 – Two-for-one stock split
 1988 – Two-for-one stock split
 1990 – Three-for-one stock split; ICSI acquires Digital Techniques Inc. in Texas and Collins Communications Systems Co. in Minnesota. Computoservice begins National Independent Billing.
 1993 – ICIS is dissolved and merged into MCTC.
 1995 – HTCO is listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
 1997 – Enventis is the nation’s 30th largest telephone company after $35.2 million acquisition of 11 Iowa exchanges; Heartland Telecommunications. Internet Services and 56K Internet access introduced.
 1998 – Three-for-one stock split; Crystal Communications becomes Minnesota first facilities-based CLEC, competing in Nicollet, Minn; Enventis celebrates 100 years of business.
 1999 – Company launches DSL high-speed Internet services in Mankato, Minn.
 2000 – HickoryTech becomes the new name for MCTC, Mid-Com, Crystal Communications and Heartland Telecommunications. Company purchases Internet Connections, adding nearly 5,000 additional Internet customers.
 2001 – The Company overbuilds four CLEC communities: St. Peter, Waseca and Faribault, Minn. and Waukee, Iowa.
 2002 – Information Solutions Division offers SuiteSolution, a billing and customer management system; Company receives a four-year contract to provide regional high-speed wide area network to 73 schools and libraries in Minnesota served by Project SOCRATES.
 2003 – Wireless business sold to Western Wireless.
 2005 – Company acquires Enventis Telecom, a transport and enterprise Internet Protocol Telephony sales business with 75 employees and offices in Plymouth, Duluth and Rochester, Minn.
 2008 – Data center and colocation facility opens in Mankato, Minn.
 2009 – Company acquires CP Telecom, a telecom provider serving Minneapolis, St. Paul and northern Minnesota with voice, data and Internet services.

 2010 –

Company completes fiber network expansion to the Dakotas and constructs a fiber network in Des Moines, Iowa.
 2011 – Enventis breaks ground on the Greater Minnesota Broadband Collaborative Project with the construction of a fiber route from Duluth, Minn. to the Twin Cities.
 2012 – Enventis acquires IdeaOne Telecom in Fargo, No. Dakota, a fiber and data service provider in the greater Fargo area.
 2013 – All services and products are aligned under one brand - Enventis.
                  

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