History

A tradition of excellence.

Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies was purchased in the 1920’s by Hovey H. Griswold, the two telephone companies and their subsidiaries make up the largest independently owned Telephone Company in New York State. The companies are still led by the Griswold family. Now in our 98th year, we serve more than 12,000 residential and business customers.

Innovation at the heart of our business

From its earliest days, we have made a concerted effort to keep technological innovation at the heart of our business. Through four generations of family leadership, Ontario Telephone Company, Trumansburg Telephone Company and FLTG have expanded the business to provide interdependent technology and infrastructure solutions.

Hovey Griswold’s great grandson Paul founded FLTG in 1995 to offer deregulated services, such as telephone systems, network engineering and dial-up Internet services, to business and residential customers. When Paul was President and CEO of FLTG, he created one of the most cutting edge technology service providers in the country. Paul’s focus is on the relationship he brings to employees and customers.

One vendor for all your technology needs

We provide value to our clients through long-term experience, technical and professional expertise, proven methodologies, responsiveness, flexibility and innovation. As a family-run business, we are as dedicated to the community as we are to quality and service. Each employee lives out our company’s values: honesty, commitment, respect, teamwork, responsibility and exceeding expectations. Everything we do is focused on your communications success.

A history of innovation

1920: The Ontario Telephone Company is founded by Hovey Griswold

1926: Hovey Griswold acquires the Trumansburg Telephone Company & Malcom Griswold joins    the Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies to form the Ontario Trumansburg Telephone Company

1970: John Griswold & Bob Griswold became leaders of OTTC

1981: OTTC begins installing ComAlert systems

1987: OTTC installs the first digital switch, and Paul Griswold starts in the family of companies

1995: Keeping up with the internet age, Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. is founded by Paul H. Griswold. Dial-up service began at OTTC

1999: FLTG becomes one of the earliest Cisco partners, and becomes a premier Cisco partner by the year 2000, with over 100 Cisco Certifications

2001: FLTG installs their first Cisco IP Telephony Phone System

2005: Paul H. Griswold becomes President/CEO for Trumansburg, Ontario and Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc.

2006: FLTG installs the first soft switch in NYS, becoming a CLEC & starts building fiber network

2007: FLTG Park opens at the former Seneca Army Depot & FLTG signs a fiber agreement with Cornell University

2010: Received Alfred University’s Galanis Awards for Excellence in Family Business

2011: Completes a 260-mile fiber build in 60 days

2012: Ranked on Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America

2014: Completes 2,000 miles of fiber. Won Calix Innovation Award for Innovation in Business Transformation & earned the Cisco Cloud Managed Service Provider Certification

2015: Network expands to 2,500 miles of fiber & Ranked for a second time on Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Named in Top Work Places by Democrat & Chronicle Media Group for both 2015 & 2016

2017: FirstLight Acquires FLTG, a subsidiary of OTTC

2018: OTTC offices are renovated into a state-of-the-art facility housing a variety of new technologies. Fiber to the home initiative begin construction July 2018 offering residential fiber.