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ATC Communications (Albion Telephone Company Inc.) has been a family owned business since the company was pioneered in 1929 by Jeannette Breslin and her husband Mike. Mike and Jeannette purchased the telephone system soon after their arrival in Albion, Idaho. Initially the company consisted of 18 magneto crank phones in the town of Albion, a few broken down pine poles and several hundred feet of iron wire. Some of the wire was strung on fence posts to save the expense of a telephone pole. Jeannette, Mike, her son Victor Redman and his wife Mildred initiated operations of the company. Jeannette was the backbone and Victor was the dreamer and expander. The company originally operated as a sideline and what little money was made went directly back into the business. During the years prior to dial service, Jeannette sat at a magneto switchboard 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. One of Victor's children would spell her during times of sickness or other times when she was unable to work. She operated the magneto switchboard and a next generation common battery board for over 35 years of her life and was referred to by members of the area as "Central". She was well known in the community for her kindness and caring nature and was loved by all who knew her. She also acted as the town's only nurse, providing medical aid to all who required it.
The company continued to grow and in 1954 expanded telephone lines to the outlying communities of Almo, Elba and Malta. After the death of both Jeannette and Victor in early 1963, and the subsequent death of Vic's wife Mildred in 1965, the operation was left in the hands of ODeen Redman, their son. The company continued to expand with the purchase of the Holbrook Exchange in 1967 and the addition of the Raft River Exchange in 1976. Telephone service has continued to grow and improve through the years
Recent Growth In October of 1996, Albion Telephone Company purchased the exchanges in Arco, Howe, Moore, Mackay, and Malad from US West. The total company now serves over 3,000 subscribers in a 4000 square mile area in five counties and two states. In January of 2000, Albion Telephone Company changed to ATC Communications. The company continues to operate as a family business with Darla Redman as President, her son Rich as Vice President and General Manager, and ODeen's brother Barry, as Treasurer.
ATC Communications now provides High Speed Internet to over 99% of its customers and offers speeds of up to 1 Gbps. Starting in 2014, the company began a multi-year project to replace all copper lines with fiber optics in the entire exchanges of Albion and Malad. In 2017, the fiber project will extend into the Arco service area as well.
Learn more about ATC's fiber project here.
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ATC Communications now provides DSL to over 99% of its customers and offers speeds of up to 20 Mbps. The company formed a new subsidiary named ATC Long Distance that now offers interstate and intrastate long distance along with toll-free numbers. In 2007, ATC purchased NextPhone, a hosted-PBX provider, in an effort to expand their market to other cities including Boise, Idaho Falls, and Pocatello.
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