Our History

Powered by Farmers Mutual Telephone Company and Federated Telephone Cooperative, ACIRA stands for Advanced Communications in Rural America.

In 2009, the employees of Farmers Mutual and Federated Telephone were combined into one employee group. All employees are now employed by ACIRA and perform work for both Farmers and Federated.
In 2010, Farmers Mutual and Federated Telephone both received stimulus grant/loan packages from the federal government to construct fiber optic networks in Lac Qui Parle County, rural Appleton and rural Morris.
While other companies are downsizing employees, Acira has expanded. We now employ 24 industry experts.

Through this collaborative effort, both cooperatives are able to benefit from a more extended range of technology and communication experts. We are a close knit team that works hard to make sure our members have an outstanding service experience.

Today we still offer phone and cable TV services, but our Internet services have improved from the original dial up offering to High Speed options ranging from a 1.5M to a 100M symmetrical private connection over our fiber fast network.

Our fiber ring allows our cooperatives to bring advanced communications right to your home or office.

Visit Us

Farmers Mutual Telephone Company

301 2nd St. South, Bellingham, MN 56212

Federated Telephone Cooperative

405 2nd St. East, PO Box 156, Chokio, MN 56221

508 Atlantic Ave., PO Box 107, Morris, MN 56267

eMail Us

Farmers Mutual Telephone Company

farmers@farmerstel.net

Federated Telephone Cooperative

emailftc@fedtel.net

morrisftc@fedtel.net

Call Us

Farmers Mutual Telephone Company

(320) 568-2105 or Toll free 1 (800) 692-0021

Federated Telephone Cooperative

(320) 324-7111 or (320) 585-4875

Toll free 1 (800) 374-7133

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