History of CCT – 110 Years Strong

Cochrane Co-op Telephone (CCT) has been a proud community partner for over 110 years serving the Cochrane, Buffalo City and Waumandee Areas.  In 2016 a CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) was formed and CCT began offering services to residents and businesses in the City of Alma.  Originally organized in 1905 as Farmers Telephone Company to provide telephone service to our rural areas, CCT now serves over 1200 members with Telephone, Broadband Internet and IPTV services.

Rural telephone cooperatives were formed when the cost of expanding services to rural areas discouraged for-profit utilities from serving these areas.  As a result, the cooperative model was often used to provide telephone service to rural communities.  Today, telephone cooperatives serve about 5 percent of the U.S population, but their service area covers more than 40 percent of the country’s land mass.  Cooperatives have stood the test of time and remain an innovative and integral economic force.  CCT is the smallest of the eleven telephone cooperatives in Wisconsin.

Cochrane Co-op Telephone Timeline

  • 1905 Organized as Farmers Telephone Company and recognized with the State of Wisconsin
  • 1960 Changed name to Cochrane Cooperative Telephone Company
  • 1961 Present telephone building was constructed
  • 1971 Overhead lines were replaced with underground copper cable and party lines were eliminated
  • 1983 Digital Stromberg Carlson switch was installed
  • 1995 Partnerships were formed and internet was offered
  • 2004 Investments were made to provide IPTV services to all exchanges
  • 2005 CCTC implemented the first Next Generation Soft Switch in the State of Wisconsin.
  • 2010 Network was upgraded to Fiber to the Home (FTTH) in all communities
  • 2014 Cochrane Cooperative Telephone Company rebranded as Cochrane Co-op Telephone (CCT).  Video-On-Demand (VOD) was launched allowing customers to rent videos right from their home with instant access to hundreds of movies and shows.  CCT revised its mission & vision statements and created core values.
  • 2015 CCT was honored to be recognized by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association, as a Certified
    Gig-Capable Provider.  CCT joined a select group of rural telecommunication service providers that are able to provide Gigabit Broadband to their communities.  CCT was recognized at both National and State levels as a Gigabit Provider.
  • 2016 A CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) was formed and CCT began offering services to residents and businesses in the City of Alma.