Derived in name from the three counties it served, Chibardun Telephone Company was established in 1957 as a non-profit organization with a mission to provide the very best telecommunications services available. The formation of Chibardun Telephone Cooperative was the result of a group of telephone patrons who recognized that the existing single exchange farmer’s telephone companies in Chippewa, Barron and Dunn Counties were no longer able to meet the growing needs of subscribers. This group of patrons worked to create an entity that could.
The newly formed cooperative’s first order of business was to purchase the options of the local, single exchange companies that served the area. Initially, there were eight small towns and seven exchanges, some of which were later consolidated. The company headquarters was established in Dallas due to the fact that the existing central office there was the largest. In 1979, the cooperative expanded from telephone offerings to cable television when it acquired several small cable television systems within its exchanges.
As the pace of changing telecommunications technologies picked up, the cooperative opened up a second office in Cameron, Wisconsin. There, diversified products and services were offered such as mobile communications, voicemail, CTC long distance, and internet access.