Core Beliefs / Who We Are
Large enough to offer cutting edge technology, but small enough to offer superior customer service, Comporium strives to make each customer’s life easier. We are a telecommunications leader offering a diverse and technologically rich suite of business products. Comporium, an Enterprise that is over 125 years old and is one of the largest telecom providers in the nation, always strives to deliver the latest technology to our customers. We support businesses with innovative solutions that include voice, Internet, data, wireless, structured wiring and cabling, security, monitoring, automation, computer network service, and digital video. Our team is dedicated to meet the communications needs of each customer and to provide unsurpassed value.
Comporium, which is headquartered in Rock Hill, S.C., provides services in York, Lancaster, and Chester Counties in the Upstate; as well as, in parts of six counties in the Midlands: Lexington, Saluda, Edgefield, Orangeburg, Calhoun, and Aiken, and Transylvania County, N.C. Additionally, Comporium offers a comprehensive suite of business communications equipment and service options, in Charlotte, NC.
Comporium, known then as the Rock Hill Telephone Company, was founded in 1894 by John Anderson, John Cherry, and Andrew Smith. During the first year, the company installed 27 phone lines, most of them connecting the businesses and suppliers of the company’s founders. During the next two decades, Paul Workman and his aunt grew the company to 443 phones before ultimately selling the company to E.L. and Mary Sanders Barnes on Mar. 10, 1912. Four generations later, the descendants of E.L. and Mary are still running what has now become Comporium, as the company enters its 125th year of business. During the past century, we have acquired an interest in five other independent telephone companies, growing to serve Fort Mill, Lancaster, Heath Springs, Great Falls, Brevard (NC), and the Midlands of South Carolina.
John M. Barnes Jr.
Your visit to the Comporium Telephone Museum, located in the heart of downtown Rock Hill, begins by introducing you to life in Rock Hill before we had wireline and wireless telecommunications, high-speed Internet, security, or cable TV, and tells of the beginnings of Rock Hill Telephone Company (now Comporium).
There is never a fee for admission, but we do ask that children under 16 be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Tours are available for school groups and day care centers. Call 324-4030 to schedule.