Yadkin Valley Telephone Membership Corporation, Yadkinville, NC, is a product of the Hill-Poage Act of 1949, which sought to do for telephone service in rural areas what the Rural Electrification Act did in delivering power beyond the big cities.
The cooperative was founded during 1950 and began operating a year later by using a $518,000 federal grant to string 139 access lines in western North Carolina. By 2010, the carrier had about 32,000 lines providing local and long distance. Yadkin is an ILEC that operates under the trade name Yadkin Valley Telecom, Inc.
Yadkin delivers cellular, data, VoIP, and soon IPTV services to residents in Davie, Yadkin, Rowan, Alexander and portions of Iredell counties. The carrier also delivers voice, data and network solutions to business customers through its Yadtel Networks brand. Yadkin has been deploying FTTH within its service territory since 2006.