American Broadband acquires Cameron Communications

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

CARLYSS, LA. (KPLC) - It was 1928 and a time when you couldn't make a phone call to Cameron Parish and William T. Henning was asked to help establish communication. Explains Cameron Communications General Manger George Mack, "William L. Henning Sr.,  who is the patriarch today, his father was approached by area businesses with the idea and concept of getting some type of telephone service down in Hackberry for the oilfields down there."

In fact,  when phone service was first established in places like Hackberry and Grand Chenier,  the signal traveled along barbed wire strung between fence posts.  Mack explains, "They strung some open wire and brought it down to the oilfields of Hackberry in 1928 and really it just blossomed from there."

Hurricane Audrey wiped out communications in '57, so in 1965 they buried phone lines to protect them from future storms and ensure faster recovery. And over the decades the business has evolved into an advanced communications company providing cable tv, high speed internet services and telephone for thousands of customers in thirteen communities in Louisiana and Southeast Texas. And now American Broadband Communications has announced a deal to acquire the company.  Mack said, "They (the Hennings) were intent on finding a buyer such as American Broadband that would continue the legacy, maintain a commitment to the employees, the technology that's deployed with fiber not only within Cameron Parish but other areas of Louisiana as well as Texas.  They will continue that 82 year old legacy that the Hennings have created investing in the technology, investing in consumers, in consumers' needs such as entertainment, high speed internet. "

And so Mack says the Henning legacy will continue in terms of technology and commitment for the consumers and employees.

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The following is a news release from American Broadband:

Charlotte, NC - American Broadband Communications announced an agreement to acquire Cameron Communications LLC, an industry leading provider of telephone, video, and internet services, from the William L. Henning, Sr. family. Cameron serves approximately 11,000 access lines, 7,000 video customers, and 7,400 broadband customers in thirteen communities in Southwest and Central Louisiana and Southeast Texas.

Cameron's operations include Cameron Telephone, Elizabeth Telephone and LBH, LLC, which operates a state of the art fiber to the home network in rural areas of southwest Louisiana.

"Delivering advanced communications services to rural Louisiana and Texas, starting in Cameron Parish, has been a commitment my family has made for over eighty-two years." said William L. Henning, Sr. "American Broadband shares our core belief that investment in emerging technologies and a commitment to innovation and quality of service are essential to the future success of rural telecommunications companies and the vitality of the communities they serve."

"We are proud to have the opportunity to carry on the legacy of excellence instilled in this organization by Mr. Henning over the last 60 years," said American Broadband President and CEO Patrick L. Eudy. "The Henning family developed a very talented team and had the foresight to plan, finance, and build a network that delivers the highest-quality services to Cameron Communications' customers."

"Our goal was to find a company that believed in our core values and mission statement." said Executive Vice President John A. Henning, Sr. "Their commitment to employees and community is evident in their other operations throughout the country."

John P. Duda, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of American Broadband said: "With the management and staff from the existing organization continuing in place, we're assured of a smooth transition that will serve the interests of all the customers and communities involved."

George J. Mack, President and General Manager of Cameron Communications LLC will continue in his leadership role. The company's operations will continue to be managed from Cameron's Sulphur, Louisiana headquarters.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About American Broadband Communications, LLC:

American Broadband, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina serves 26,000 access lines, 11,000 video customers and 12,100 broadband customers in Nebraska, Missouri and Alaska, is growing through strategic investments in rural communications companies designed to invigorate both the companies  and the areas they serve. As part of the American Broadband family, our operating telcos partner in the growth and economic vitality of their communities by providing broadband and other advanced services and by contributing to and supporting new business activity and job growth. American Broadband retains local management and staff to ensure continued superior levels of service to our customers.

About Cameron Communications LLC:

Cameron, headquartered in Sulphur, Louisiana, is an industry-leading broadband communications company operating in thirteen rural markets in Southwest and Central Louisiana and Southeast Texas. The Company has 2,439 route-miles of fiber and copper cable infrastructure covering a 2,378 square mile area. Founded in 1928 by William T. Henning as an independent local exchange with 50 access lines in rural Louisiana, the family owners and management have built the company into an advanced telecommunications company with a state-of-the-art network serving approximately 25,000 connections.