Why Choose CC Communications?
CC Communications, like 1,200 other independent and cooperative telecommunications companies in the U.S., exists because the large regional and national companies refuse to provide service in “high cost” rural areas. The company and Churchill County have always understood the need to connect to the rest of the world using best-available technology. When the national telegraph company decided to cease service in the area 124 years ago, the county started CC Communications on August 5, 1889, purchasing for $975 the telegraph wire plant from Virginia City eastward to a point 25 miles east of Stillwater.
The result for CC Communications customers is access to advanced technology that keeps them connected with the rest of the world. For example, CC Communications offers fiber to the home availability to 80% of county residents; the national average for fiber availability from those big companies is less than 30%, including their customers in major metropolitan areas.
In addition to providing an advanced telecommunications infrastructure that contributes to a high quality of life and economic opportunity for the county’s residents, CC Communications provides fiscal support as well. Its operations are funded solely through subscriber revenues. No county taxes, fees or other general county resources are apportioned in support of CC Communications. The company’s payment in lieu of taxes —which includes “dividends” to its stockholders (the county) — traditionally accounts for more than 10% of the total county general fund.
In addition, CC Communications:
- is locally owned and operated.
- Its employees live and work right here in Churchill County.
- Its operations and customer services are located and staffed right here in town with local telephone numbers.
- Its board of directors is the Churchill County Commission.
- as a part of its public trust provides services throughout Churchill County, not just to residents in its most densely populated neighborhoods. By supporting the doctrine of “comparable telephone service at reasonable affordable rates” our customers are supporting their community.
Universal Service Fund
For 80 years, the Congress of the United States has recognized consistently it is much more difficult and expensive to bring telephone service to rural communities and small towns than it is to connect urban centers such as Reno, Carson City and Las Vegas. A national policy known as “universal service” has enabled CC Communications to offer service in accordance with federal law that says all Americans should have access to “comparable telephone service at reasonable affordable rates” no matter where they live.
CC Communications charges $14.00 per month for residential telephone service. The local rate our customers pay provides about 20 percent of the revenue required for us to operate. If subscribers, minus any State or Federal cost recovery, had to bear the total cost of providing local telephone service across the rugged desert terrain of CC Communications’ 5,023 square mile service area, the local service rate would be $79.38 per month. For this reason alone, the State and Federal Cost Recovery Mechanisms are vital to CC Communications, as well as other rural telcos, in order to maintain affordable local rates and support investment in vital communications infrastructure.
The recovery mechanisms are tied to your local telephone line. To provide High-Speed Internet or Digital Television service to you without a telephone line by federal tariff would add $70.96 to $92.39 to the monthly rate for Internet service (based on bandwidth) and $70.96 to the rate for Digital TV service – rates much higher than the cost of a local telephone line.