Chamber Member Spotlight: Pineland Telephone



The organization of Pineland Telephone Cooperative was accomplished September 8, 1951 by a group of concerned citizens from Emanuel and Candler counties at a meeting in Swainsboro. Officers and directors were also elected at that time. After a number of meetings, the new board of directors approved purchase of the Midville, Adrian, Twin City, and Stillmore telephone exchanges and with the help of other interested people from these counties, memberships were obtained and equity certificates sold to begin operation of the cooperative. An application was made by the cooperative to Rural Electrification Administration (REA) for the first loan to be used for the purchase of the first four telephone exchanges and to begin construction of new facilities. Rural Electrification Administration approved the first loan in March 1952, which was the fourth such loan approved in Georgia by REA and the first such loan approved for a telephone cooperative.


At the end of 1953, which also marked the end of the first full year of operation, the cooperative was serving 1,383 subscribers. At the end of 2002, the cooperative was serving 13,479 access lines from ten exchanges in the rural communities and towns of Metter, Adrian, Bartow, Cobbtown, Davisboro, Kite, Lexsy, Midville, Oak Park, and Twin City. These exchanges also provide services to the communities of Aline, Pulaski, Meeks, Norristown, Scott, Covena, Nunez, Stillmore, Wesley, Garfield, and Coleman Lake and in the counties of Candler, Burke, Emanuel, Johnson, Jefferson, Washington, Tattnall, and Laurens. The cooperative has been successful in obtaining the necessary funds through the Rural Electrification Administration, now renamed Rural Utilities Service (RUS), to continue its construction program and keep abreast of service demands.


Pineland Telephone has 65 employees and serves more than 1,300 square miles in all or parts of 10 counties and 17 exchanges in south Georgia, bringing telephone, internet, technology, and security solutions to its customers. Nearing its 69th year, 100 percent of Pineland’s customers receive their services via a dedicated fiber-to-home network capable of delivering broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second. As part of the telecommunications industry, the products offered through Pineland are telephone, internet, television, and technology. Pineland’s mission is to offer an outstanding customer experience through the efficient delivery of progressive technology solutions in the markets served. The company achieves this mission by applying its core values of excellence, integrity, innovation, and a servant’s heart in everything it does.


Pineland is one of the few broadband providers throughout the country to provide gigabit-enabled broadband to every customer it serves. Some of its community contributions include the FRS Scholarship and offering support to local high schools, colleges, chambers, and economic development agencies. Pineland believes chambers of commerce are important economic engines for communities and will always support its local chamber.


 

Location:

Main Location

30 South Rountree Street, Metter

425 South Main Street, Swainsboro

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone Number:

800-247-1266

Website:

www.pineland.net

Social Media:

Facebook — facebook.com/pinelandtelco

Twitter — @PinelandTelco

Instagram — @pinelandtelco

LinkedIn — linkedin.com/company/pineland-telephone-cooperative-inc-

YouTube — youtube.com/c/PinelandTelephoneCoOpIncMetter





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