About IV Cellular
Now celebrating its 25th year of operation, Illinois Valley Cellular is devoted to providing excellent cellular service to the people of North Central Illinois.
The company serves Illinois RSA 2, an eight county area running from the Indiana state line to south of Chicago, to near Peoria, Illinois and then on towards the Iowa state line. The RSA (Rural Service Area) represents over 250,000 population. Serving the counties of LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Stark, Livingston, Ford and Iroquois.
Original owners of the system included several local telephone companies: Mid Century Telephone, Leonore Mutual Telephone, MTCO, and Tonica Telephone. These companies have stockholders who have lived and worked throughout the local area for generations.
The major interstates in Illinois play a significant part in the success of Illinois Valley Cellular. “We are in a unique situation in our eight county area where we have four interstates, I-80, I-39, I-55 and I-57, that dissect our RSA. But, unlike some other wireless providers, Illinois Valley Cellular has concentrated on building towers to serve the needs of the local communities and the rural farming community.” said Tom Walsh, Chief Executive Officer.
More and more cellular customers are enjoying the convenience of using handheld cellular phones to keep in touch with families and business interests. Increased power and improved capacity, resulting from new towers, help support this trend. Illinois Valley Cellular continues its aggressive build-out of the communications network with over 50 towers serving the customers of it’s serving area. The system serves customer’s needs with two state of the art digital networks, both voice and data.
Finding the right mix for the company’s distribution channel is another challenge. “We are proud to offer the area’s most diversified agent and retail network around. Our customers can obtain service and receive answers to their questions at over 17 convenient locations,” Walsh stated. 9 new Illinois Valley Cellular Wireless Solutions Centers have opened, complimenting the network of agent locations.
The company has maintained an in-house billing system since 1994 where employees are provided with the ability to issue one bill for all of Illinois Valley Cellular’s customers wireless needs including cellular, long distance and data.