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. Vision Communications operates as a division of EATEL Corp LLC. EATEL was recently acquired by Reserve Communications and Computer Corporation, also known as “RTC.” The merger ushers in a new era for local telecommunications – with the combined networks paving the way as one of the largest local providers in Louisiana.
John Ansel Brady, Sr. acquired Leeville Telephone Company, Inc., which consisted of three magneto (non-dial) exchanges in Galliano, Golden Meadow, and Grand Isle.
John Brady, Sr. purchased the Larose and Cut Off areas from Southern Bell and founded the Lafourche Telephone Company, Inc.
Microwave system was installed between Larose and Grand Isle.
Latelco became the first company in the U.S. to install Direct Distance Dialing on a nationwide non-experimental basis.
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.
Latelco celebrates its 25th year of operation. The Community Answering Service Program along with Tel Touch dialing was introduced in the Larose area.
A full electronic computer exchange was installed.
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.
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.
Network upgraded to include fiber-optics.
Vision begins offering dial-up Internet service under the brand of MobileTel.
DSL Internet service launched.
Latelco acquires local cable company, Callais Cable, and is re-branded to Vision Communications, LLC.
Broadband (cable modem) Internet service is launched.
Vision Communications adds high definition (HD) and digital video recorder (DVR) services to its television product line.
Latelco (phone), MobileTel (Internet) and Vision Communications, LLC (cable TV) are all re-branded into one company, Vision Communications.
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.
Vision On Demand (VOD) and Whole-Home DVR are added to the television product line.
Gonzales, La-based EATELCORP acquires Vision Communications from Boston Ventures.
EATEL acquires Venyu, adding cloud, virtualization, datacenter, backup, recovery and data protection services to the Business Solutions product line.
Hosted Voice, a feature-rich, scalable, communications system, is introduced for business customers.
Vision's TV service is convert to all digital TV platform.
Vision launches HomeIQ home security and automation service.
RTC and the Reilly family purchase EATEL at auction, with plans to merge the two companies, while leaving the brand and structures of each intact.