Plateautel

About Us

Servicing New Mexico for over 70 years.

About Plateau

For more than six decades, rural citizens living on the High Plains of eastern New Mexico have benefited from telecommunications services provided by Plateau. Driven by the need for dependable, quality telephone service, interested area farmers, ranchers and other citizens came together to create Eastern New Mexico Rural Telephone Cooperative (now referred to as Plateau).Regulatory agencies quickly recognized this unmet need and the importance of affordable phone service in rural America; as a result, these groups became very supportive of this small company's initiatives. In more recent times, residents have enjoyed the benefits of other modern telecommunications technologies including mobile phones, long distance service, business solutions, high-speed fiber-optic internet and television – all provided by Plateau.

The earliest periods of service came from an arrangement between Clovis-based Farmer's Electric Cooperative and what was then known as ENMR and made possible by sharing the same facilities. As services were upgraded, there became a significant need for more physical space, greater independence and improved business strategies. These changes also necessitated the hiring of the first full-time general manager; and, operations were moved to the current location on the northern outskirts of the city of Clovis. Financial conditions and other obstacles presented challenges in the beginning. Eventually, a growing number of subscribers provided the necessary financial stability to improve borrowing power, while allowing for greater investments, the purchase of newer technologies and the ability to offer members capital credits for their participation.

When the federal court rulings in the mid-1980s dismantled the nationally known telephone network providers, smaller companies like ENMR benefited. Choices by customers created competitive markets for added services. Knowing that larger, nationally recognized companies would be less likely to enter underserved rural areas created a business opportunity for ENMR to begin its subsidiary operation (Plateau Telecommunications).

Increasing demands of a faster-paced society and the advent of rapid and even more reliable telecommunications systems caused the Board of Directors to accept the recommendations of management to invest in fiber-optic cabling, modern networking equipment and establish strategically located retail stores. The company-owned and shared fiber-optic cable network now exceeds 5,200 miles. Due to these investments, many business development opportunities have been and continue to be created; enhancing the economic stability of the region. Plateau's achievements are laden with success stories and the future is bright for the company.

In 2012, the Company was consolidated under one brand name: Plateau

Management

David Robinson

Chief Executive Officer

A Message from the CEO

“In 1949, our first members/customers were thrilled to receive telephone service from ENMR Telephone Cooperative (rebranded in January 2012 as Plateau). Since that date, Plateau has developed and consistently maintained a sterling reputation for state-of-the-industry technology, exceptional customer service and unparalleled support of our area communities.

Plateau offers virtually 100% reliability landline phone service, high-speed broadband Internet using a massive fiber optic network throughout New Mexico and West Texas and an unequaled array of communications products for our residential and business customers.

Our prudent investment in technology tells only part of the story about our company. We truly are YOUR local phone company. We operate local business offices in Clayton, Logan, Fort Sumner, Santa Rosa, Vaughn, Farwell, and Roswell. When you phone our toll-free number, you will talk to a real person who lives and works near you and knows and understands your account.

Our commitment to personal customer service is matched by our commitment to the economic development of our service area. Plateau’s contributions to these communities range from special promotions to collect school supplies for local school children, to economic development grants for new businesses and over $70,000 in scholarships to area high school students each year.

The telecommunications industry changes daily. The number of companies clamoring for a share of your business can be confusing. I am proud to say that Plateau has kept pace with the most innovative companies, while maintaining our commitment to local service and community support. We appreciate the opportunity you afford us in being your premier, full-service telecommunications provider.”

Mission Statement

We will provide dependable area-wide communication and information services at the lowest price, consistent with sound economy and good management.

Board of Directors

As elected representatives from the thirteen districts that are served by Plateau, the Board of Directors individually and collectively have certain duties

  • Enter into agreement and employ the company's Chief Executive Officer
  • Elect and appoint Board officers and committee assignments
  • Conduct regularly scheduled meetings during the fiscal year to meet and act in good faith to care for the company’s finances
  • Assist in clarifying the mission, values, and vision statements
  • Set policy
  • Recommend to the membership bylaw changes for approval at the Annual Meeting
Frank Blackburn

Frank Blackburn President

Ranchvale Districts: 1 & 2

Kenny Wilhite

Kenny Wilhite Vice President

Pleasant Hill Districts: 1 & 2

Powhatan Carter the third

Powhatan Carter III Secretary/Treasurer

Fort Sumner Districts: 4 & 5

Milo Aragon

Milo Aragon

Villanueva Districts: 9, 10, & 11

Shirley Carter

Shirley Carter

Clayton Districts: 6, 7, & 8

James Cordova

James Cordova

Santa Rosa Districts: 9, 10, & 11

Mabel Flores

Mabel Flores

Santa Rosa Districts: 9, 10, & 11

Frank Garnett

Frank Garnett

Nara Visa Districts: 6, 7, & 8

Leland Harral

Leland Harral

Encino District: 12

Jim Lyssy

Jim Lyssy

Fort Sumner Districts: 4 & 5

Michael Montoya

Michael Montoya

Roy Districts: 6, 7, & 8

Jerry Sours

Jerry Sours

Grady Districts: 3 & 13

Larry Wallin

Larry Wallin

Logan Districts: 3 & 13

Plateau History Timeline

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