History

History

From Rural to Regional
ITS Telecommunications Systems, Inc. (ITS), began as a small rural telephone company in the early 1930’s. It was originally owned and operated by Indiantown Development Company. The first telephone in the Indiantown, Florida area was located in the railroad station where Indiantown Development Company also had a generating plant that supplied electricity to the town’s 300-400 residents and businesses. After World War II, demand for phone services in the western Martin County Florida area grew and the company installed its first two-line switchboard in a section of the now historic Seminole Inn in order to keep up with the demand.
 
In the early 1950’s, Yvonne R. Famel, a wealthy West Palm Beach widow, purchased the Indiantown Development Corporation from stockholders and she also purchased a small water system and considerable acreage surrounding Indiantown. Around 1952, Mrs. Famel formed Indiantown Company, Inc. which included the telephone company, the water company, and plans to install a modern sewage system and treatment plant.
 
In 1956, the telephone portion of Indiantown Company, Inc. was changed to Indiantown Telephone System, Inc., (ITS), and a new company president was hired. With its new management under President Robert M. Post, Sr., ITS made its first steps toward catching up with progress. The phone company’s central office was moved from the Seminole Inn into a larger space and a 100-line automatic switchboard was installed. The company began laying cable throughout the town’s platted areas, opening up phone service to homes or businesses that wanted service but could not get it previously.
 
Growing and Changing with the Times
Then in 1961, ITS really went to work to modernize their facilities and services. That year, the company moved into a new building on Indiantown’s main street, Warfield Boulevard. New equipment and improvements included: a switchboard for 200 phone lines, facilities for automatic direct dialing, replacement of the open-wire toll (long-distance) connection, and installation of buried cable directly to West Palm Beach, vastly improving toll (long distance) service. During this same time, an operation agreement with Inter-County Telephone Company was terminated and ITS assumed control of all operations, including billing and maintenance.
 
 
During the next decade, the opening of major industrial and agricultural plants in the Indiantown area directly fueled the growth of Indiantown Telephone System, Inc. Companies like Minute Maid Corporation, Florida Steel Corporation, Indiantown Printing Company, and Caulkins Groves were opened and employed hundreds of people needing phone service. New equipment, better service, and a larger staff marked the 1970’s. Indiantown Telephone System had by now accumulated 1,400 subscribers and 2,500 telephones in its 306 square mile territory. More underground cable was installed in new areas, and even submarine cable was laid under the St. Lucie Canal to better serve the southern and eastern parts of the service area.
 
By 1984, 596 additional new phone lines were accessed when the lndianwood Golf and Country Club was opened. The 80’s also put Indiantown Telephone Systems, Inc. into the computer/digital age. They upgraded to a state-of-the-art multi-million dollar 2,300-line digital telephone system and also formed a partnership with Telephone Data Systems, Inc. who had been commissioned by the FCC to build and operate a cellular telephone system in Martin and St. Lucie counties.
 
Technology and Progression
In 1998, the parent company of Indiantown Telephone System, Indiantown Company, Inc. went through a complete corporate restructure, and formed a new company, Postco, Inc. During this same time, the growing need for new communications services prompted a name change from Indiantown Telephone Systems, Inc. to what it is known as today: ITS Telecommunications Systems, Inc. or its DBA, ITS Telecom. Postco, Inc. operated ITS plus other companies in Indiantown including the water/sewer utility, refuse and sanitation company, The First Bank & Trust Company of Indiantown, and Arrow Communications (business phone systems).
 
As ITS Telecom progressed toward the millennium, they recognized the need for enhanced phone features, access to the "world-wide web”, computer repair/networking services, and digital video/television products. In 1996, ITS Telecom was given the opportunity by Siemens to be the first telephone central office to use the new VISION ONE UP enhancement technology. This upgraded ITS Telecommunication’s existing Digital Central Office to include the capability to offer customers enhanced digital phone services such as premium voice mail, advanced call waiting, advanced call forwarding, and many more. Internet service was soon added, and in August 2002, their high-speed internet service was introduced to local customers.
 
2006 was the beginning of a new era of technology for ITS Telecom. They began developing plans to equip every dwelling in the Indiantown service area with 100% fiber optic technology directly to the premise, became a local authorized dealer of DirecTV (the nation’s leading satellite television provider), and they formed a company division called, "ITS Your Computer Guy” to offer expert "geek squad” computer repair and installation services. The 2008 addition of a new state-of-the-art computer-based switch and an upgraded router system continued their high-tech expansion. In 2010 the ITS Fiber-to-the-Home project began construction and as of this writing, over 1,500 homes and business have been activated onto the ITS Fiber Network.
 
ITS Telecom’s most recent change came in August 2010 when current CEO, Jeff Leslie officially purchased ITS parent company, Postco from Linda Post, widow of former owner, Bob Post, Jr. Mr. Leslie continues his role as President and CEO.

Spotlights

ITS Fiber Other Recent Awards

 ITS Fiber Wins Research Coast Principium Business Plan Contest
Winners Research Coast Contest Winners Research Coast Contest
ITS Fiber was chosen as winner of the 2014 Principium Foundation's Research Coast Business Plan Contest. This win was based on our business expansion plan for our 100% fiber-optic network and addition of data center services for the local area.
Business Expansion Award 2013
BDB of Martin County
 

ITS Fiber was one of six companies in Martin County to receive awards at the 2013 Business Development Board of Martin County (BDBMC) Business Appreciation Luncheon.

Specifically, ITS Fiber was given the Business Expansion Award due to their recent deployment of their fiber communications network, public-private partnership in Martin County and the launch of the ITS Fiber Data Center.