Connecting Generations: Key Moments in Our Story
GTC Milestones: From Telegraphs to Fiber Optics
Glenwood Telephone Company founded by W. R. Stanford as a telephone and telegraph office.
Purchase by Jones
The company is purchased by W. H. Harvey and Odessa Jones.
Purchase by Adams
Leon B. Adams and Eloise Cox Adams acquire the company with the help of Uncle Tom Adams.
State of the Company
- The company had only thirty-three subscribers with residential rates of $1.50/month
- Adams move into the house where the switchboard is located, making it the business office and town’s social center.
New Business Office
- Construction of a new telephone business office.
- Installation of Stromberg-Carlson XY 120-line equipment for enhanced customer service.
Upgrade of the outside plant and expansion of the switch.
Passing of LB Adams
Janice (Adams) O’Brien assumes management after the passing of Mr. Adams.
Transition to Buried
- The aerial wire begins to be replaced with buried plant in parts of the exchange territory.
- The business office is moved back to the site of the original telephone office.
Fiber Optic Plant
- Introduction of the Stromberg-Carlson DCO switch.
- Addition of 13 miles of fiber optic cable.
1995 Telecom Act
Janice becomes president of the Georgia Telecommunications Association (later renamed GTBA) and plays a pivotal role in passing the 1995 Telecommunications and Competition Development Act.
Janice’s son, Jim O’Brien moves to Glenwood to initiate dial-up Internet Service offerings for GTC customers.
Siemens EWSD ONE UP
Introduction of a Siemens EWSD ONE UP with 1216 lines, replacing the previous platform.
USDA/RUS Community Connectivity Broadband Grant Program
GTC is awarded funds from the USDA/RUS Community Connectivity Broadband Grant Program, leading to the development of xDSL services.
South Georgia Broadband, Inc.
GTC starts its Competitive Local Exchange Carrier, South Georgia Broadband, Inc. to expand services.
Janice O'Brien Passes
Janice E. O’Brien passes away, with Jim O’Brien taking over the ownership of GTC.
Capital Projects Fund
Glenwood Telephone Company is granted funds by Governor Brian P. Kemp to expand its fiber optic network in Wheeler County.
Steadfast Stewards: Guiding GTC Through Challenges and Change
From Founder to Future: GTC’s Executive Evolution
Throughout its storied history, GTC’s trajectory has been shaped by a remarkable lineage of executives. Each, in their own era, brought forth a unique vision and approach, molding the company’s ethos and direction. From W. R. Stanford, who laid the foundational bricks with his pioneering spirit, to the resilient leadership of the Adams family, and ultimately to Jim O’Brien’s contemporary perspective that fuses tradition with innovation – GTC’s legacy is a testament to these leaders. Their combined wisdom, foresight, and tenacity have steered the company through the ebbs and flows of the telecommunications industry, ensuring that GTC remains an enduring beacon of connectivity and community service.
Janice Adams O'Brien
CEO (1982 – 2021)
CEO (2021 – Current)