History

Daviess-Martin County Rural Telephone Corporation, better known as RTC Communications, was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on October 27th, 1949, by a group of 45 farmers. Founded by farmers, the company has deep roots in our business community from agriculture, manufacturing, service, retail, healthcare, education, and government services. This group of men purchased the Montgomery, Epsom, and Glendale telephone exchanges, known as the MEG Telephone System, from Louis Roundtree who had acquired them from Midwest Telephone Co. in the early 1940s.

In December of 1950, the corporation purchased the Williams exchange from Max Hosea, and in June 1951, the Plainville Telephone Company was purchased. In April 1952, several miles of cable were placed, and the first Stromberg-Carlson automatic dial office was put into service in 1954. That same year, the corporation moved into a new building in Montgomery. 

Service improvements continued and in 1983, the company’s first digital central office was put into service, beginning the conversion of all exchanges to single-party service. That same year, RTC Communications moved into a newly constructed 5,300 square foot building located on Main Street in Montgomery, becoming the site of the RTC headquarters as we know it today.

RTC Communications has continued to expand the area it serves by steadily replacing traditional copper infrastructure with cutting-edge fiber optic routes. At the turn of the century, RTC transitioned from the Stromberg-Carlson automatic dial office to the Siemens EWSD, the upcoming digitized switch that provided cutting-edge telephony services.

As technologies continue to advance, so does our infrastructure along with the equipment, software, and services we provide. In early 2018, RTC transitioned to Metaswitch hardware and software to bring our customers world-class telephonic products and services. In August 2019, RTC announced its largest fiber expansion impacting over 5,500 premise locations into the City of Washington. Also in 2019, RTC’s CEO, Kirk Lehman, received the NTCA Excellence in Leadership Award, the highest honor among rural telecommunications companies and its trade organization.

Partnering with state and local officials, RTC Communications provides state-of-the-art fiber optic services to Daviess, Martin, and Lawrence counties in Southern Indiana. We provide internet, communications, managed, and IT services to our Amish community, hospitals, businesses, and local, state, and federal governmental agencies. RTC’s customer service is exceptional and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

RTC Communications is a leading rural communications company that is continuously expanding and connecting neighborhoods in southern Indiana, serving our customers with world-class internet, voice, and business service solutions. RTC customers have access to Intelecyn™ Speed, our world-class broadband internet, which is riding on the latest optical Fiber-to-the-Premise (FTTP) network, reaching speeds up to 1 Gigabit. Additionally, RTC Communications provides Intelecyn™ Home, our crystal clear and secure voice service, and Intelecyn™ Business services.

We are committed to changing lives one connection at a time by connecting our communities to what means most to them!