About Company History


Founded in 1945 as Lafourche Telephone Company (Latelco), Vision Communications today has grown from simple telephone service to now include internet, television, security, video surveillance, Metro Ethernet, and business phone systems, including Hosted Voice. Headquartered in Larose, Louisiana, Vision serves residential and commercial customers throughout central and southern Lafourche Parish and Grand Isle. Vision Communications is owned and operated by Louisiana-based EATEL Corp. Through network and technological upgrades, Vision Communications is improving and enhancing existing services to provide local residents and businesses a more reliable and superior experience.

1940

1945

John Ansel Brady, Sr. acquired Leeville Telephone Company, Inc., which consisted of three magneto (non-dial) exchanges in Galliano, Golden Meadow, and Grand Isle.

1950

1950

John Brady, Sr. purchased the Larose and Cut Off areas from Southern Bell and founded the Lafourche Telephone Company, Inc.

1955

Microwave system was installed between Larose and Grand Isle.

1956

Latelco became the first company in the U.S. to install Direct Distance Dialing on a nationwide non-experimental basis.

1960

1965

Hurricane Betsy ripped through Grand Isle, destroying 30% of the company’s total investment, leading to the outside aerial plant being converted into a buried system.

1970

1970

Latelco celebrates its 25th year of operation. The Community Answering Service Program along with Tel Touch dialing was introduced in the Larose area.

1976

A full electronic computer exchange was installed.

1980

1984

A Grand Isle digital central office was installed which offered increased subscriber capacity, additional custom calling features, more efficient dialing, and improved service quality. The SJI Founders’ Scholarship was established to assist local graduating students.

1990

1990

New digital switch was installed at the Larose Central Office to replace the electro-mechanical switch which enhances service for customers by transferring voice and data faster and more clearly.

1991

Network upgraded to include fiber-optics.

1994

Vision begins offering dial-up Internet service under the brand of MobileTel.

2000

2001

DSL Internet service launched.

2003

Latelco acquires local cable company, Callais Cable, and is re-branded to Vision Communications, LLC. 

2004

Broadband (cable modem) Internet service is launched.

2005

Vision Communications adds high definition (HD) and digital video recorder (DVR) services to its television product line.

2008

Latelco (phone), MobileTel (Internet) and Vision Communications, LLC (cable TV) are all re-branded into one company, Vision Communications.

2009

Vision Security services launches, offering alarm monitoring and closed-circuit television (CCTV) to the product line. Metro Ethernet services are also introduced as part of the Business Solutions product line.

2010

2011

Vision On Demand (VOD) and Whole-Home DVR are added to the television product line.

2012

Gonzales, La-based EATELCORP acquires Vision Communications from Boston Ventures.

2013

EATEL acquires Venyu, adding cloud, virtualization, datacenter, backup, recovery and data protection services to the Business Solutions product line.

2014

Hosted Voice, a feature-rich, scalable, communications system, is introduced for business customers.

2014

Vision's TV service is convert to all digital TV platform.

2015

Vision launches HomeIQ home security and automation service.