NEFCOM Internet is one of a group of companies under the NEFCOM parent organization that was formed in July 1996 to give Baker County residents access to a wide range of communications services from a single source. Building on Northeast Florida Telephone Company's strong foundation of over 50 years as a local telephone service provider, the NEFCOM companies provide a wide variety of services to meet customer needs and expectations in the rapidly changing communications environment.
NEFCOM's customers have their communications needs provided by a local company staffed by people they know and trust, with their billing consolidated on Northeast Florida Telephone Company's monthly telephone bill.
Originally called Macclenny Telephone Company, Northeast Florida Telephone Company was founded in the early 1900's, shortly before the onset of World War I, by George M. Clayton of Macclenny. The event marked the beginning of an era of technology never imagined by residents of the small, rural town of Macclenny.
The Company was subsequently purchased by Richard J. Davis, and later by Mattie Jean Thompson, after which it was sold to S. D. Roberts in 1948. Mr. Roberts operated the company under the name of Macclenny Telephone Company until April 1955, at which time he incorporated the company as Northeast Florida Telephone Company, Inc. The company had increased its subscribership from 50 members when Mr. Roberts purchased it in 1948 to 200 members at its 1955 incorporation.
Following Mr. Roberts' death in April 1971, ownership of the Company passed to his widow, Gladys Roberts. Mrs. Walker (her name changed from Roberts by a subsequent marriage) guided the Company in numerous improvements: Update of outside plant facilities; installation of a new digital central office; establishment in July 1996 of a new holding company -NEFCOM- under which Northeast Florida Telephone and other subsidiaries provide local phone service, long distance, Internet, and telephone equipment and sales; etc. Mrs. Walker sold the Company to the current owner, Townes Telecommunications, in December 1998.
The primary goal of NEFCOM is to continue to provide quality enhanced products and services to its customers at competitive rates. That goal is being pursued daily by a dedicated staff of managers and employees who believe that, although we may never be the biggest, we should strive to be one of the best.