Who we are


  • We are Innovative
  • We are committed to excellent Customer Service
  • We strive to be a Trusted Local Partner for our communities

Our Mission

To provide our communities with state-of-the-art communications services with hometown service and support.

Company History

Carnegie Telephone Company had its start near the founding of Carnegie in 1903, starting from a single, operator-driven switchboard. Through innovation and growth, our service area expanded from a few hundred operator-switched lines in downtown Carnegie to include some 250 square miles of service territory in southwest Oklahoma.


Carnegie Telephone was one of the first companies in Oklahoma to implement 100% digital switching in the early 1990’s, far outpacing much larger companies in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. We were also the first company in western Oklahoma to offer high-speed DSL internet service to 100% of our customer base, including those subscribers more than 20 miles from our offices. We pride ourselves on the fact that 100% of our customers are capable of high speed DSL service, and almost 80% of our customers are connected to a state-of-the-art Fiber Optic network, with Fiber internet being available directly to their home.

Our Commitment to You

  • We are absolutely committed to net neutrality. We strive every day to provide our customers with the absolute best connection to the internet that is possible. What you do with your connection is your business, NOT OURS.
  • We value you, our customer. You are our most important asset, and we want to do everything possible to make your experience the best one possible.

What we’ve done in the last year

James Hunt (r) and Talon Davis (l) splice a fiber-optic cable to connect the Fort Cobb State Park’s office and golf course to our advanced network
  • Deployed a gigabit fiber-to-the-home project in Fort Cobb, Oklahoma. This project is currently still under construction and we are signing up people for this amazing service now!
  • Built a gigabit fiber optic network connection to Fort Cobb State Park’s office, golf course, as well as the Kodiak Pines Cabins.
  • Received funding from USDA Rural Development to build a new fiber network to the homes and businesses in Mountain View, OK. This will enable Gigabit-level service to that community for the first time.
  • Built a new tower to deliver internet service to the Crows’ Roost area on the north side of Fort Cobb Lake using both wireless and fiber-optic technologies
  • Deployed Gigabit-Level internet service to customers on our fiber-to-the-home network in Carnegie, Oklahoma
  • Launched a new app-based TV platform, CarnegieTV. We are now able to offer a compelling, all-HD video service to any customer that has internet from us

Our People

  • Leslie Woodruff, President
  • James Powers, Vice President & General Manager
  • Terri Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Darrin Cornelison, Customer Service Technician
  • Talon Davis, Customer Service Technician
  • Roy Harrison, Customer Service Technician
  • Randall Hatcher, Network Engineer
  • James Hunt, Customer Service Technician
  • Luke Kinder, Customer Service Technician
  • Cathy Kuykendall, Customer Service & Billing
  • Cameron Manley, Customer Service Technician
  • Jack Sanders, Customer Service Technician
  • Deana Stratton, Accounting & Human Resources
  • Matthew Smith, Customer Service Technician
  • Travis Ridgeway, Operations Manager

Our company’s milestones in the last ten years include:

  • Built one of the first Fiber-to-The-Home deployments in western Oklahoma, to connect over 900 homes and businesses in the town of Carnegie and some surrounding areas.
  • Buried almost 150 miles of fiber optic cable to bring true broadband internet to every customer in our territory
  • Through our affiliated company, LightSpeed Services, LLC, we have brought true high-speed internet to the neighboring town of Fort Cobb, OK using DOCSIS 3.0 Cable-Modem technology. This is now being upgraded to Gigabit Fiber.
  • Deployed a cutting-edge fixed wireless service to bring high-speed internet to customers surrounding the Fort Cobb community, and areas north of Mountain View as well.

Our goals in the next five years include:

  • Offering the capability for 25mbps down/3mbps up to our entire service territory
  • Through the use of innovative new technologies, we will deliver an ever-evolving broadband network to any customer in our territory, regardless of location
  • Expansion into adjacent towns and communities who do not currently receive REAL broadband service to their homes and businesses.

Since our humble beginnings, we have evolved into a technology-driven provider of many different services to the towns of Carnegie and Alfalfa, Oklahoma.

Who we partner with

Our company is family-owned and operated, and it has been for 99 years. We value the the fact that our independent ownership has brought continuous innovation and top-notch customer service to all of our customers.

Carnegie Telephone Company is actively involved in our communities. Our employees routinely volunteer their time to assist in community events ranging from the annual talent show, Tri-County Fair, World Championship Domino Tournament, Carnegie High School Biennial Alumni Reunion, Carnegie Round Up Club Rodeo, and much more.  Our employees and owners are committed to our community and supporting our local organizations and schools.