Its 1935 in Reserve, LA. A local electrician by the name of Daniel Madere has the idea to erect a single telephone pole and a few wires in front of his home. This is the idea that would spark the growth of St. John the Baptist Parish’s first telephone company. Rising from a family owned company, with copper wires strung across the sugarcane fields of Reserve, RTC grows quickly to meet the local area’s needs. What begins with just 15 customers on a single dirt road evolves to serve residential and business customers across Southeast Louisiana.
In 1998, the Madere family sells RTC to a NY investment group, resulting in an expansion into LaPlace offering Cable TV and Internet services. In 2007, RTC ownership is brought back home when a prominent family from Louisiana purchases Reserve Telecommunications.
In 2010, RTC purchases the Charter system in St. James Parish, which services the unincorporated areas of Paulina, Convent and Hester. In 2011, RTC expands its network to the west bank of St. John and St. James parishes, serving the communities of Edgard, Pleasure Bend, and Vacherie. In 2014, RTC moves into northern Lafourche parish, serving the city of Thibodaux and the surrounding areas. Before 2014 ends, RTC goes on to purchase two local companies to form RTC Security Services.
In May of 2019, RTC acquires EATEL. The companies plan to maintain their nearly identical product portfolios to ensure customer service and quality remain as high as possible. Moreover, EATEL and RTC’s complementary geographical footprint will bring added value to their business community and help forge new opportunities for fiber expansion.
Rooted in history, with an eye on the future, RTC has been and always will be committed to our network, our customers, and our communities.