Upper Peninsula Telephone Company (UPTC) was founded in 1908 and incorporated in 1927 as Wallace Telephone Company. The telephone company succeeded with a change in ownership in 1959, and then through its acquisition in 1996 by LICT Corporation (LICT), a publicly traded company, based in Rye, New York. As of 2015, LICT operates 15 rural broadband companies in Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Oregon, California, Utah, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and New Mexico.
Locally, Michigan Broadband Services operates UPTC and Michigan Central Broadband Company (MCBC) within the state of Michigan. The Company provides broadband and telephone services in 19 local exchanges, with 15 in the Upper Peninsula and 4 in the Lower Peninsula. The operations cover approximately 3,500 square miles of territory and owns over 700 miles of fiber optic interconnection between its points of presence, central offices and fiber long-haul partners.
Michigan Broadband Services is aggressively expanding outside of our traditional local telephone exchange markets. Michigan Broadband Services is building fiber to commercial customers, and connecting to fiber optic networks offering high capacity connections.
The Company will continue to invest in our people and networks to enhance our broadband service offering. One of our greatest strengths are the people at Michigan Broadband Services who care for our customer base. With an average tenure of over 20 years, our dedicated team of professionals truly cares about our valued customers. In the near future, we anticipate exciting news that will allow us to offer 25 Mbps x 3 Mbps broadband service in many of our markets.
Michigan Broadband Services is one of the largest independent telecommunication/broadband services providers in the state of Michigan and is enthusiastic about our future.
Wallace Telephone in 1960
Upper Peninsular Telephone Company in 1991
Michigan Broadband Services today
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges that many Americans will face in the coming months, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced the Keep Americans Connected Initiative. In order to ensure that Americans do not lose their broadband or telephone connectivity as a result of these exceptional circumstances, he specifically asked broadband and telephone service providers, and trade associations, to take the Keep Americans Connected Pledge.
So far, more than 550 companies and associations have signed the Chairman’s pledge to Keep Americans Connected.
The Keep Americans Connected Pledge reads as follows:
Given the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on American society, Michigan Broadband Services pledges for the next 60 days to:
1) not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
2) waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
3) open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.