Our Company History
Headquartered in Chester, SC, TruVista is a 125+ year old leading provider of Broadband services and associated applications in the Midlands Region of South Carolina, Northeast Georgia and Southern Georgia. TruVista offers residential customers Broadband services up to a Gig symmetrical and Multi Gig services for business customers. Additionally, the company provides applications such as Hosted Voice, Internet Protocol Television ("IPTV"), Security and Wireless Services. TruVista's commitment to innovation, investment in technology, and the utilization of its talented people is resulting in continuous expansion of its footprint and growth of its Broadband customer base. Throughout this growth, TruVista remains committed to being involved locally and building relationships throughout its markets; believing success is best measured by the progress of the communities served.
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.
TruVista remains committed to being involved locally and building relationships throughout its markets; believing success is best measured by the progress of the communities served.
Recognizing a need in our communities, TruVista participated in Educate 2020, providing students with free broadband services.
TruVista and Jackson Electric Membership Corp. announced an partnership to deliver fiber broadband to 8,000 homes and businesses in three counties in Jackson EMC’s service area: Jackson, Banks, and Madison.
TruVista is proud to welcome PlantTel into our growing family of markets we serve. The combination of TruVista and PlantTel will create a leading broadband services and technology company, serving customers in North Central South Carolina, Northeast Georgia, and Southern Georgia.
Our Management Team
Carla J. French
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT/CFO
CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Roger Kurtz CPA, MBA, CFE
Tracy D. Starnes
Regulatory and Administration
Community Relations &
Business Revenue (Georgia)
Field Operations (Georgia)
John Williamson, Jr.
Bobby Bass - Chester
Robbie Turner - Camden
Network Operations Center
Retail Revenue, SC
Business Solutions (South Carolina)
Business Operations (Georgia)
Customer Operations &
Sales & Marketing
112 York Street
Post Office Box 160
Chester, S.C. 29706 (803) 581-9159