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1940’s

  • October 28, 1949 – President Truman signs the telephone amendment to the Rural Electrification Act of 1935 to provide low cost loans to be used to improve and to provide telephone service to rural areas of America.

 

1950’s

  • July 7, 1950 – First public meeting to discuss the formation of our telephone cooperative takes place in Garrison.
  • January 1951 – Area residents and representatives from the telephone companies at Parshall, Plaza, Makoti, Ryder, Van Hook, and Sanish meet at Roseglen and decide to form a rural telephone cooperative named Reservation Mutual Aid Telephone Corporation.
  • October 16, 1951 – Articles of Incorporation are filed.
  • August 12, 1952 – RTC’s first REA loan is obtained for $417,000.00.
  • August 14, 1952 – Fred Ahlgren is named General Manager.
  • 1952 – 1954 – Reservation Mutual Aid Telephone Corporation has business offices at Parshall Memorial Hall above the auditorium and at the Creamery building, which is now Parshall’s funeral home.
  • 1952 – New Town exchange replaces the Van Hook and Sanish exchanges.
  • 1954 – 1958 – Telephone exchanges at Parshall, Plaza, Makoti, Ryder, Emmet, Roseglen, Arnegard, Keene, Norma, Spencer, Ross and Douglas are added.
  • 1958 – RTC headquarters building is built.
  • 1959 – RTC begins offering mobile telephone service with towers at Keene, Parshall and Roseglen. IMTS (Improved Mobile Telephone Service) is offered over radio channels licensed by FCC (Federal Communications Commission).
  • 1959 – Original nine member Board of Directors reorganize into a board of seven members. Reservation Mutual Aid Telephone Corporation changes to Reservation Telephone Cooperative (RTC).

 

1960’s

  • 1963 – Minuteman Missile installations began. RTC provides service to 7 sites.
  • 1967 – RTC’s “Service Improvement Program” begins to bring one party service to all of the subscribers   and replace the open wire plant with underground facilities.

 

1970’s

  • 1971 – Squaw Gap exchange added.
  • Dec. 15, 1971 – Squaw Gap and the rest of the world are connected by telephone. NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation) along with thousands of viewers and Squaw Gap subscribers gather to witness the first phone call made by Donnell Haugen, president of the RTC board and Squaw Gap resident, Ray Macik to Washington D.C., where Earl Butz, Secretary of Agriculture is on the line to congratulate them.
  • August, 1972 – All subscribers now have private line service.
  • 1973 – 1974 – All exchanges are converted to direct distance dialing and automatic number identification.
  • 1974 – Mandaree exchange is added.
  • 1976 – First major addition to the headquarters building is completed.– RTC becomes member of NCDC (North Central Data Cooperative) now known as NISC             (National Information Solutions   Cooperative).– Phone billing is converted to computer.

 

1980’s

  • 1980 – RTC hires Gene Sloan as new General Manager.
  • 1980 – Fred Ahlgren, RTC’s first General Manager, retires ending a 28 year career (1952-1980)
  • 1981 – RTC gets into the cable TV business. Rolfson Construction plows coaxial TV cable inNew Town and Parshall.
  • 1983 – Headquarters building is expanded to make room for the new digital switch.
  • 1984 – New digital switch is installed.– AT&T Divestiture becomes a reality.
  • 1985 – RTC starts replacing the old rotary dial telephone sets with new touch-tone phones that could be plugged into a modular connection.
  • March 14, 1987 – Central Office Technician Truman Olson passes away after 27 years of service.
  • 1987 – Royce Aslakson is hired to train for Office Manager.– RTC plows coaxial TV cable in Plaza.– RTC becomes member of North Central Regional Processing Center (NCRPC).– Switchboard Operator and later Janitor, Mamie Olson retires.
  • 1988 – RTC plows coaxial TV cable in Makoti.– Max Adams, RTC’s first Office Manager, retires after 35 years of service.
  • 1989 – RTC plows coaxial TV cable in Ryder.– RTC purchases Arnegard cable TV system from a private individual.– Payroll and labor accounting becomes automated with the aid of NCDC.
  • 1989 – RTC upgrades new digital switches and plows fiber optic cable as the backbone for toll network.

 

1990’s

  • 1990′s – College scholarship program implemented for high school seniors.
  • September, 1995 – RTC announces it will offer Internet service.
  • June, 1996 – RTC purchases the exchanges of Garrison, Max and Kenmare.– RTC sells payphone business.
  • 1996 – RTC becomes member of Dakota Carrier Network (DCN).
  • 1997 – Warehouse Supply Clerk Robert Jacobson retires after 32 ½ years of service.
  • August, 1998 – RTC joins North Dakota Long Distance as a partner.
  • 1998 – Royce Aslakson is selected as Assistant General Manager.– New host switch installed in Garrison and remotes installed in Parshall and Max.
  • 1999 – RTC goes equal access giving RTC subscribers a choice of long distance carriers.– Plant Engineer Arlon “Nels” Nelson retires after 36 years of service.– General Clerk Gloria Yellow Bird retires after 20 years of service.
  • May, 1999 – Cellular phone service makes IMTS obsolete and all three systems are shut down.

 

2000’s

  • 2000 – Billing Clerk Head Rosalie Weltz retires after 26 years of service.
  • 2001 – Gene Sloan, RTC’s second General Manager retires after 21 years of service.– RTC begins offering DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
  • September 1, 2001 – Assistant General Manager Royce Aslakson assumes General Manager duties.
  • 2002 – Plant Manager Don Ranum retires after 31 years of service. Roger Hovda selected as Plant   Manager.– Construction Foreman Ron Julson retires after 33 years of service. Dennis Kellar selected as        Construction Foreman.– Service Representative Barb Johnson retires after 37 years of service.– Utility Technician Cordell Miller retires after 26 years of service.
  • 2003 – RTC installs OC-48 Sonet Ring– RTC begins construction on Multi-purpose Building to house 16 vehicles and include a kitchen.– RTC sends first student to Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour in Washington D.C.
  • April 1, 2003 – RTC purchases Watford City and Alexander exchanges from Citizens Telecommunications Company.
  • May 2003 – New switch installed in Watford City.
  • September 1, 2003 – RTC purchases McKenzie Consolidated Telcom (MCT).
  • December 2003 – Former MCT customers are cut over to RTC equipment.
  • 2004 – RTC completes construction on Multi-purpose Building.
  • November 2, 2004 – RTC purchases the Alexander, Garrison, Kenmare, Max and Watford City cable TV systems from Midcontinent Communications, Inc.
  • December 1, 2004 – Combination Technician Dave Cuthbertson retires after 21 years of service.
  • April 28, 2005 – Ground breaking takes place for addition to headquarters building.
  • June 1, 2005 – RTC begins offering WildBlue Satellite Speed Internet service in partnership with National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC).
  • January 2, 2006 – Marketing Representative Kristin Jaeger is named Marketing Manager.
  • February 28, 2007 – Central Office Technician Howard Enockson retires after 32 years of service.
  • March 1, 2007 – Office Manager Shane Hart is named Human Resources Manager and CABS Coordinator Jan Boschee is named Office Manager.
  • May 18, 2007 – RTC hosts open house to celebrate the completion of construction on the new headquarters complex.
  • August 31, 2007 – Construction/Maintenance Tech Ron Jones retires with over 26 years of service.
  • October 31, 2007 – Human Resources Manager Marcia Burckhard retires with 29 years of service.
  • December 1, 2007 – Construction Manager Dennis Kellar is named Project Manager and Combination Tech Lead Tim Jarski is named Construction Manager.
  • December 31, 2007 – Purchasing Agent Dave Diffely retires with over 29 years of service.
  • January 2009 – RTC introduces new company logo and tagline: Smarter. Better. Faster.
  • January 1, 2009 – Human Resources Manager Shane Hart is named Assistant General Manager and Central Office Tech Coordinator Brooks Goodall is named Assistant Operations Manager.
  • January 31, 2009 – Central Office Technician Mike Steele retires with nearly 35 years of service.
  • March, 2009 – RTC enters agreement with Microsoft to use Microsoft Mediaroom as a platform for RTC’s IPTV services.
  • August 25, 2009 – RTC broadcasts Kenmare vs. Dunseith football game at Kenmare for their first local high school sporting event with BEK Sports West.
  • September 1, 2009 – Customer Service Rep Lead Lisa Schenfisch is named Customer Service Manager.

 

2010’s

  • March, 2010 – RTC is awarded $21.9 Million award through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Award includes a $10.95 Million grant and $10.95 Million loan to expand the availability of broadband service on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation and the Squaw Gap exchange.
  • August, 2010 – RTC begins offering WiFi service at various locations throughout their service area.
  • December, 2010 – RTC launches new website
  • January 1, 2011 – Central Office Technician Cory Johnson is named Outside Plant Manager.
  • February 28, 2011 – Combination Technician Lead Jim Riely retires with 8 years of service to RTC and 43 years telecom experience.
  • March 1, 2011 – RTC offers surveillance camera systems for residential homes or businesses.
  • Fall, 2011 – RTC opens customer office in New Town.
  • February, 2012 – Customer Service Rep Colleen Kilber retires with 19 years of service to RTC.
  • April, 2012 – Jeff Symens is hired as Assistant Operations Manager.
  • June, 2012 – Accounting Assistant Mary Lou Johnson retires with 8 years of service to RTC.
  • September, 2012 – Project Manager Dennis Kellar retires with 32 years of service to RTC and Field Engineer Ellen Kellar retires with 33 years of service to RTC.
  • February 1, 2013 – Data Network Tech Coordinator Dan Schilla is promoted as Network Manager.
  • April 1, 2013 – Accounting Assistant Gretchen Edwards is promoted as Human Resources Manager.
  • August 4, 2014 – RTC opens customer office in Watford City.
  • November 26, 2014- Administrative Assistant Denese Westgard retires with 27 years of service to RTC.
  • December 31, 2014- Accounting Assistant Nancy Vorwerk retires with 34 years of service to RTC.
  • January 1, 2015- Assistant General Manager Shane Hart is promoted to GM/CEO.
  • April 1, 2015- Combination Tech Coordinator Chad Betz is promoted to East Outside Plant Manager.
  • June 1, 2015- GM/CEO Royce Aslakson retires with 28 years of service to RTC.
  • January 1, 2016- Utility Tech Carl Brunsell retires with 27 years of service to RTC.
  • February 3-2016-Ad Sales/Marketing Rep Shannon Stafslien is promoted to Marketing Manager.
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