FMTC History

Did You Know?

In business since 1908, Fruitland residents worked together to form the cooperative that is Farmers Mutual Telephone Company (FMTC), installing telephone lines and poles and maintaining a switchboard.

In 1956 FMTC made the leap to dial, installing a switching system allowing customers to make their own calls and the need for a manual switchboard operator ended.

By 1979 FMTC became the first telecommunications company in Idaho with a digital switching system, soon discontinuing the need for party lines.

In 2017, we became a residential Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provider, bringing a quality telephone voice connection through our customers’ internet connection, providing cost savings and enabling us to offer free calling features and more.

Continuing with our Fruitland Fiber Expansion project and growing closer to completion, we are proud to announce that we are now a Smart Rural Community provider. For more information about this achievement, read the article on page 2. In addition, FMTC is now offering VoIP for business along with a whole suite of business solutions with businesses of all sizes in our rural area in mind.