BTC Broadband Celebrates 100 Years of Service!
Bixby, OK – February 24, 2014 – BTC Broadband, a high-tech communications company offering voice, data and video services, is pleased to announce that February, 2014, marks the company’s 100th anniversary.
In 1914 Lee Newlin and Henry Sample bought the telephone company and established the name, Bixby Telephone. By the early 1940s, Dr. William Newlin and Dr. Raymond Daily (the son and son-in-law of Lee Newlin) took over ownership of the company. They understood first-hand how important the phone company was to the vitality of the community.
In 1966 Bixby Telephone extended their local free toll service area to businesses and residents north of the Arkansas River, known today as North Bixby. This was a major milestone, because it meant that calls between Bixby and Tulsa would no longer be long distance. This created new opportunities for companies in Bixby to conduct and grow their businesses.
By 1993 Bixby Telephone became an Internet Service Provider and was able to offer customers high-speed Internet service, in addition to local and long distance telephone service. Behind the scenes, the company was busy installing a new Fiber Optic system that relocated traditional above ground telephone lines safely underground. “Fiber is the future. Fiber provides virtually unlimited capacity” said Scott Floyd, BTC Broadband President. “One single strand of glass with light-speed communication, can completely supply all of the services that you need.”
Bixby Telephone had officially moved beyond a traditional telephone company – they had become a rightful broadband company, able to transmit high-speed data, voice and video, simultaneously. “We were now able to offer our customers more access to more resources, products and services than ever before”, added Bob Rozell, BTC Broadband CEO. “Soon after, we made the decision to rename Bixby Telephone to BTC Broadband, solidifying our place in the industry as a full service telecommunications provider. To sustain and grow as we have over the years, we have had to adapt to industry changes and diverse customer requirements, but we remain committed to this endeavor.”
Today the company’s focus is clear – to find innovative ways to capitalize on advances in technology that make life easier for their customers. To do so, they will continue to invest in valued resources such as employees, technology, training, hardware and facilities.
In honor of their centennial anniversary, BTC Broadband is showcasing telephones and other telecommunication items of historical significance, in their lobby at 111th and Memorial, for the duration of the year. They invite anyone to come and enjoy these nostalgic items of the past. Their lobby is open Monday – Friday, from 9a to 6p.
Interested customers may contact BTC Broadband at 918-366-8000 for information on all their products and services.
In business since 1914, BTC Broadband is a cutting-edge broadband communications company, offering local telephone, high speed internet and DIRECTV services in Bixby, Oklahoma. They provide business telecommunication services, including carrier class high speed internet, long distance, DIRECTV, data networking and business phone systems throughout NE Oklahoma. BTC Broadband is located at 11134 S. Memorial, Bixby, OK 74008. www.BTCBroadband.com