Northern Iowa Communications Partners (NICP)
107 S State Street
PO Box 100
Terril, IA 51364
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In late 2003, nine small independent telephone companies formed a partnership known as Northern Iowa Communications Partners (NICP). The founding companies were Terril Telephone Cooperative, Lone Rock Cooperative Telephone, Palmer Mutual Telephone Co., Independent Networks, River Valley Telecommunications Coop, Ayrshire Farmers Mutual Telephone Co. Northwest Telephone Cooperative Association, Ringsted Telephone Co., and Royal Telephone Co. Spencer Municipal Utilities also participates in the group thru a 28E agreement.
One of the first projects NICP decided to tackle was a shared telephone switching arrangement. Working together, the group selected a Switch and completed the initial deployment in 2004. By the end of that year, most member companies had migrated their SS7 routes with the remainder completing this transition in early 2005. In 2016, that legacy Switch was replaced with upgraded equipment that facilitates all the traditional residential features and a suite of next-generation business features.