Farmers Mutual Telephone Company ( FMTC ) was organized June 27, 1904 and incorporated in 1906. A group of 28 farmers and merchants realized the need for a telephone system for rural Okolona. The purpose of creating this company was "to put up equipment, maintain, and operate a system of telephone lines with central exchange for the benefit of its members." With this thought in mind, they purchased a one hundred drop switchboard fully wired with 15 drops installed. Poles were placed, wire was strung, phones were installed and an operator was hired. A membership fee of $1.00 per month was assessed and was used to pay for the equipment required to activate this communications system. With a common goal and the concentrated efforts of the members, Farmers Mutual Telephone Company was created. FMTC is a thriving rural telecommunications system offering a full line of communication services including local telephone services, as well as, affiliated company offerings for Internet, DSL, and long distance. Com Net ( 1994 ) provides SS7 network, caller name identification, and billing services.