ETC History

Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) is an aggressively innovative telecommunications provider, delivering the total package of communications, information, and entertainment services through premier technologies, services, and support. Through the years we’ve added many advanced services, including Long Distance, Video, High-Speed Internet, Cellular, Hosted Phone and Business Phone Systems, Security Systems, Web Design, Web Hosting, and Medical Alert.

ETC currently employs over 90 people and has offices in Batesville, Brookville, Greensburg, Liberty, and Sunman. To date, we provide service to more than 13,000 customers spanning Ripley, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Scott, Switzerland and Union counties.

ETC History Timeline

January 1

2015 – Present

  • 2019 – 11,000 homes are passed with fiber.  ETC launches its Community Connections outreach program.
  • 2018 – ETC celebrates 85 years in business.  Service made available in Millhousen. New TV middleware with DVR enhancements launched.
  • 2017 – FiberZone is introduced, and Greensburg earns “Gig City” distinction.  Business service offered to Vevay, Rising Sun, Osgood, Versailles and Madison.  ETC enters an agreement with ISC Sports Network.
  • 2016 – ETC begins awarding $13,000 in scholarships, making all markets eligible. New Wireless Gateway launched.
  • 2015 – ETC begins offering service at Lake Santee.
January 1

2010 – 2014

  • 2013 – ETC partners with Viamedia to provide commercial insertion advertising
  • 2012 – ETC acquires former Comcast Cable TV assets in Liberty, Brookville and a small portion of Batesville.  CMTS technology launches in Liberty.  ETC receives the OPASTCO Indy Award.
  • 2011 – Official partnership announced with Ericsson to begin wireless broadband deployment.  ETC named The Best Cable TV Provider by Reader’s Choice poll conducted by the Herald Tribune and Greensburg Daily News.
  • 2010 – ETC recognized as the Indiana Telecommunications Association Company of the Year. ETC receives Distinguished Business Achievement award from the Brookville/Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.  ETC awarded federal stimulus funds (half grant, half loan), to provide wireless broadband access to 7 counties in Southeastern Indiana (Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Scott and Switzerland).
January 1

2005 – 2009

  • 2008 – ETC celebrates 75 years in business
  • 2007 – ETC announces plans for a phased expansion of fiber into Brookville.  Phased roll-out of IPTV begins in Batesville.
  • 2006 – Chad and Jennifer Miles purchase ETC from Robert T. Miles, Jr.   Upon the retirement of Robert T. Miles, Chad A. Miles succeeds as Chairman of the board of Miles Enterprises.
  • 2005 – Chad A. Miles is named ETC’s new President & CEO.  ETC launches IP Video in the Greensburg and Sunman markets.  ETC receives Indiana Telecommunications Assoc. Advancing Technology Award.
January 1

2000 – 2004

  • 2004 – ETC adds web management to its portfolio.  ETC introduces wireless broadband and digital voice divisions.  ETC recognized with the OPASTCO Indy Award.
  • 2003 – ETC opens a competitive office in Greensburg, where fiber is now offered.
  • 2002 – Nationwide cellular service is introduced.  ETC recognized as the Sunman Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year and with the Indiana Telecommunications Association Humanitarian Award on behalf of employees who rescued a mother and children from a burning home.
  • 2001 – On September 17, Sunman Telecommunications Corporation officially changed its corporate name to Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation (ETC) to better represent the company’s goals.
  • 2000 – High Speed Internet is introduced. Sunman Telephone Company opens a competitive office in Batesville. STC receives the Ripley county Outstanding Business of the Year and the In Vision Southeast Award of Excellence.
January 1

1995 – 1999

  • 1999 – Switch technologies changed from Lucent 5ESS-2000 Digital Switch to Sieman’s Switch.  Digital Video and security systems are introduced.  STC receives the Indiana Lieutenant Governor’s Business Award for contributions to economic growth and prosperity.
  • 1997 – Long distance and internet services are introduced.
January 1

1990 – 1994

  • 1994 – STC changes its corporate name to Sunman Telecommunications Corporation. STC now has 4,000 access lines. STC and Robert T. Miles, Jr. recognized with the Indiana Telecommunications Association Pacesetter Award for its exemplary efforts to advance the telephone industry.
  • 1992 – Robert T. Miles, Jr. becomes President of Sunman Telephone Company.
January 1

1930 – 1989

  • 1987 – A Siemens Digital Switch replaces the Analog Switch. TV is introduced.
  • 1983 – STC celebrates its 50th anniversary.
  • 1979 – Robert T. Miles, Sr. purchases the company from his father-in-law, Robert H. Miller. Robert T. Miles, Sr. had already owned the Napoleon exchange.
  • 1978 – Cable is buried underground and party lines are converted to private lines. Sunman Telephone Company experiences a 36% growth within 5 years.
  • 1968 – STC recognized with the Indiana Telecommunications Association Humanitarian Award on behalf of an employee who saved a man who was swept 100 feet down creek at 5 above zero temperature.
  • 1958 – STC celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • 1933 – Robert H. Miller founded the Sunman Telephone Company (STC) connecting doctors to patients via lines spanning across Sunman and New Alsace.

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