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The story of

Scott County Telephone Cooperative

During the end of the summer of 1951, the Scott County Telephone Cooperative took shape to serve more than 420 square miles of Scott County, Virginia, and 15 square miles of Hancock County, Tennessee. The non-profit cooperative would bring telephone service to the region.

The goal was to create the infrastructure needed to promote economic development and quality of life. And while the technology has changed — SCTC now relies on a fast network to provide services to homes and businesses — the mission remains the same.

Today, SCTC’s Virginia service area spans Scott, Russell, Wise, Dickenson, and Lee counties. It also includes the city of Norton, Virginia. In Tennessee, the cooperative serves Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, and Union counties.

Services also go far beyond high-quality phone plans. Now, the cooperative offers video, fast broadband internet and an infrastructure capable of meeting tomorrow’s technology needs today. As always, the vision of the SCTC Board of Directors members is to promote economic development and to improve the lives of Southwest Virginia residents. And the board and cooperative continue to take a proactive approach to developing new services.

For example, the Broadband Incentive Program, which began in 2010, allowed the cooperative to give more than 500 square miles of Scott County, Virginia, as well as portions of Russell County, Virginia, access to high-speed internet. Similarly, SCTC recently won the bid to construct the Verizon Wireless 4G network upgrade.

Just as it first did nearly 70 years ago, SCTC continues to serve its members with the latest technology, superior customer support and a commitment to improving the lives of those in our region.

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