an aggressive program was started to convert Citizens to all underground
cable. As one of the first rural companies to convert to buried cable,
Citizens Telephone Company became a pioneer in buried plant construction
and operation. One of 1959's goals was to serve as many one, two and
fourparty subscribers with this new buried cable as rapidly as possible.
Citizens and Southern Bell began providing countywide Extended
Area Service (EAS) for all of Sumter County. In 1971 county-wide EAS service
was begun in all Dooly County exchanges: Vienna, Pinehurst, Unadilla and
Byromville. Three independent companies, General Telephone Company, Plant
Telephone Company, and Citizens Telephone Company, joined forces for the
successful completion of this EAS project.
Presently, Citizens Telephone Company serves approximately 5000 access
lines with all digital central offices. The company's first optical fiber
cables were laid in 1983. Now, all four central offices are interconnected
with fiber facilities. Citizens Telephone Company was first in the area
to offer touch-tone service.