About Us

Telecommunications is our business, but our community is our passion.

Co.op.er.a.tive

Working or acting together willingly for a common purpose or benefit.

Incorporated on May 3, 1951, McDonough Telephone Cooperative was formed to bring telephone service to rural west central Illinois. The initial goal was to acquire 500 members interested in receiving reliable telephone service. Today, McDonough Telephone has over 3,700 members who subscribe to a broad range of telecommunication services through the co-op.

McDonough Telephone Cooperative is made up of 12 exchanges which cover 20 communities: Adair, Bardolph, Blandinsville, Brooklyn, Colchester, Colusa, Doddsville, Fandon, Good Hope, Industry, Littleton, Lomax, New Philadelphia, Raritan, Sciota, Smithshire, Swan Creek, Tennessee, Walnut Grove and Youngstown. 

The cooperative is governed by a board of directors representing the different exchanges and elected to three-year terms. Each year at the cooperative’s annual meeting, the membership has the opportunity to vote on who should sit on the board.

A cooperative-wide upgrade project was completed in August 2003.  As a result of this work, every McDonough Telephone member is able to receive high-speed DSL Internet.  In 2005, the cooperative expanded its capabilities again and added digital video to its menu of more traditional services.

MTC strives to provide its membership with state-of-the-art technology coupled with exceptional customer service. In March of 2019, MTC finished converting its first fully-fiber exchange, Colusa, Blandinsville, and Good Hope, as part of its Fiber To The Home plan. Industry, Swan Creek, Smithshire, Colchester  and Littleton began the fiber conversion process in 2020 and 2021. The seventh principle followed by cooperatives is concern for community.  

McDonough Telephone’s responsibility to its members goes beyond providing good services at good prices.  The cooperative and its employees participate in and support the communities they serve by donating time, money and services to help these areas grow and prosper.

Jay Griswold

Jay Griswold
CEO/President - MTC

"I enjoy being part of the cooperative because we are
part of the community, which gives us the unique
opportunity to make a difference."

Holly Fecht

Holly Fecht
VP of Business Operations

"It's great to be a part of a team that helps small communities in our region gain access to changing technology to help them thrive."

Eric Lee

Eric Lee
Vice President of Competitive Services

"To me, the cooperative mindset illustrates that together we can achieve something greater than we could by ourselves."

Mission Statement

To provide value-based telecommunications services that improve the quality of life for our members and the financial viability of the cooperative.
We will accomplish our mission by deploying appropriate technologies, at justifiable costs, with skilled and motivated employees,
while being a good citizen in our community.

1. Voluntary and Open Membership

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2. Democratic Member Control

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. Members have equal voting rights – one member, one vote.

3. Members’ Economic Participation

Members contribute equally to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. A cooperative business returns margins to their patrons. Any margins (or profits) are credited to each member’s capital credit account. Each member’s share of the capital credits for the year depends on the amount each individual paid into the cooperative during that year and on the total margins of the cooperative for the year. Capital credits are retained for a number of years and the money is used as operating capital. Retaining capital credits reduces borrowing needs. Capital credits are paid to all people who were members in a certain year. Each year members receive a notice showing the amount of capital credits that have been credited to their account for the past year.

4. Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

5. Education, Training, and Information

Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperatives.

6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.

7. Concern for Community

While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work to improve the quality of life in the areas they serve.

MTC Recognized as Smart Rural Community Provider

The Smart Rural Community® (SRC) program is a national network of communities powered by innovative rural broadband providers that are building a brighter future for small-town America. NTCA – The Rural BroadBand Association’s program promotes rural broadband and its role in supporting innovative economic development, effective education, efficient energy distribution and use, state-of-the-art health care, and other important issues for rural America—especially reliable, high speed broadband access.

MTC uses fiber to expand reliable broadband service to students, schools, families, farmers, businesses, medical facilities, and communities every day. We are dedicated to improving quality of life in our communities by providing access to a scalable fiber internet at an affordable price over a reliable network.

MTC is proud to be recognized by this program and will continue working towards the goal of providing Fiber To The Home service, equal opportunities for education, resources, entrepreneurship and more to its territories and surrounding communities.

WiFI MTC House
SRC Gig Capable
McDonough ServiceAreas combined

Fiber Conversion Progress

MTC continues to work on converting all of the copper cable in the Cooperative exchanges over to Fiber To The Home facilities. To date, four of our 12 exchanges are fully converted to fiber, with three more partially converted and an additional four in construction. Our goal is to have all of our cooperative members converted to fiber by the end of 2023. 

We know this is a big task, but our employees are working very hard to make sure this happens! 

Blue: McDonough Telephone Fiber To The Home
Tennessee, Colusa, Blandinsville, Good Hope, Sciota, Lomax, Bardolph (Rural), Colchester (Rural), Adair (Rural)
Orange: Currently Under Construction for Fiber To The Home
Industry, Swan Creek, Smithshire, Colchester (In Town), Littleton
Yellow: McDonough Telephone Copper Service
Raritan, Bardolph (In Town), Adair (In Town)

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2020 Fiber Conversion

Board of Directors

Learn about your neighbors serving as your cooperative leaders to represent the interests of the community.

Employees

Learn about who makes up our trained staff and how they work to provide you with the best service possible.