Our Company History
Headquartered in Chester, SC, TruVista is a leading provider of communications services to Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw and parts of Richland Counties in South Carolina, and Franklin, Hart, Rabun and Stephens counties in Georgia. We offer a wide variety of products and services to residential and business customers including: voice, Internet, video television, security, long distance, and wireless services.
Since 1897, we have been the first and foremost to serve the unique needs of our customers.
Our heritage is based on providing the highest quality products and superior service to our customers through knowledgeable and dedicated local professionals. At TruVista, we are committed to being involved locally and providing connections that build relationships throughout our markets. We believe our success is best measured by the progress of the communities we serve.
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Began in 1897 as the local telephone company - Chester Telephone Company.
Mr. John M. Bell joined the Chester Telephone Company as superintendent and later became President.
Our company continued to grow and reached nearly 1,000 telephones by 1936.
A new general office building was erected at 112 York Street in Chester in 1953.
The Chester exchange was converted to a dial system, completing the transition to dial from manual switchboards.
A network was completed which extended from Chester to Great Falls, Lewisville, Lowrys and Blackstock to provide local calling.
Direct Distance Dialing was established in Chester and was extended to all telephone company exchanges in 1968.
Chester Long Distance Services, Inc, a wholly owned subsidary, was organized as a provider of long distance services in the company’s equal access areas.
Joined with other cellular telephone companies in South Carolina to explore new technologies and combine resources to provide new services at cost effective levels.
TruVista Communications becomes the service mark for all the Chester Telephone Companies.
Acquired select South Carolina cable systems from Charter Communications
Acquired Great Falls Cablevision and Comporium's Lewisville cable systems
Acquired Gumlog Cable in G.A
Expanded fiber to areas of Franklin, Rabun and Stephens Counties in Northeast Georgia.
Expanded fiber to in Fairfield, Kershaw and Richland Counties to serve anchor customer, Verizon Wireless.
Expanded fiber to new areas of Rabun County in Northeast Georgia, including Lake Burton and Lake Rabun.
As technology changed, so did we… adding cable TV, internet, wireless, security, and home automation.
It’s our dedication to the communities and people we serve. From the midlands of South Carolina to the northeast Georgia mountains.
TruVista. YOUR communications company. For 120 years, and into the future.
Our Management Team
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER/CEO
Carla J. French
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/CFO
Roger Kurtz CPA, MBA, CFE
Tracy D. Starnes
Regulatory and Administration
Field Operations (Georgia)
John Williamson, Jr.
Network Operations Center
Retail Revenue, SC
Business Operations (Georgia)
Customer Operations &
Purchasing & Property Services
Sales & Marketing
112 York Street
Post Office Box 160
Chester, S.C. 29706 (803) 581-9159