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EATEL Business  is a regional leader in telecommunications, operating as a solutions provider to businesses of all sizes.

About Us

EATEL Business is a regional leader in telecommunications and data center services, operating as a solutions provider to businesses of all sizes. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of solutions, ranging from simple business phone systems to managed networks, including Metro E and WiFi connectivity. Our VENYU data center segment operates three high-tech data centers in Louisiana, including the State's only Tier III facility in Shreveport. More importantly, our services are backed by our 100% fiber optic infrastructure. With download speeds up to 1GB, your company’s direct line to fiber-based Internet service is as fast as you need it to be.

 

We deliver our solutions with the highest focus on customer service. Our business partners can rest easy knowing their critical data and systems are in great hands with knowledgeable and attentive experts. White glove service, along with in-house support, helps ensure the partnership and success of our clients. With decades of experience, a customer-focused service philosophy, and an extensive product portfolio to meet any business need.

Our Mission

One Mission

Inspired by Connection. Powered by Commitment.

One Vision

To become the regional leader in digital communication and data services for home and businesses.

Our Core Values

  • Commitment: We stay the course in the face of adversity.
  • Accessible: We are easy to approach internally & externally.
  • Responsive: We adapt to customer needs & market changes.
  • Energized: We inspire others with our energy & thirst for excellence.
  • Selfless: We seek what is best for the entire company rather than ourselves.

Leadership Team

Josh Descant
Chief Executive Officer

As CEO of REV Broadband, the parent company of RTC, EATEL, Vision Communications and VENYU, Josh Descant is responsible for aligning the mission, values and strategic goals for the state’s largest locally owned telecommunications provider. With both an industry and entrepreneurial background, Descant brings a unique perspective to guiding the leadership team responsible for daily service to more than 60,000 residential and business customers across the state of Louisiana. In a time where remote work, distance learning and healthcare are powered by the internet and cloud computing, Descant recognizes the deep purpose and significance of his role to help guide REV Broadband to serve the needs of the community. He greatly values his team and understands it is essential that everyone find meaning and purpose in their work and balance in their personal lives. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Descant served as President of EATEL, and the previous position of Executive Vice President of Product Development and Marketing. Before joining EATEL, Descant was President of Sunshine Media, Upperline Media and ypOne publishing where he learned the importance of agility and adaptability though rapid growth and subsequent industry disruption. Descant was born and raised in New Orleans and has served his country in the United States Marine Corps, where he learned the importance of discipline, teamwork, and diversity. On the other side of the fun spectrum, he participated in the Walt Disney World college internship program, where he learned about the art of making customers happy and having fun at work. He also enjoys his wonderful home life with his wife and two daughters in Covington, Louisiana.

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​Peter Louviere
Chief Financial Officer

Peter Louviere is the company's Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Peter is responsible for planning, implementing and managing all aspects of the company's financial and treasury functions including taxation, forecasting, risk management and long range strategic planning. Peter has over 25 years of telecommunications experience with the company. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Telecommunications Association. He also currently serves on several Boards including Special Eductation District No. 1 of Lafourche Parish as President and Chairman, South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC) and the Golden Meadow LIONS Club. He is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting and the Louisiana CPA Society. Peter holds both a bachelor of science degree in accounting and masters of business administration degree from Nicholls State University.

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Janet Britton
General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Human Resources

Janet Britton is responsible for providing strategic leadership and business acumen and guiding EATEL through a complex myriad of complex business, legal and regulatory issues. Janet has been in the telecommunications sector for over 27 years and with EATEL for 23 year of those years. Prior to joining EATEL, she was a staff attorney with the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Janet is past chairman of the Louisiana Telecommunications Association (LTA) and is currently a board member. She was recently appointed to serve on the Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana Commission and the Louisiana Information Technology & Communications Resiliency Task Force by Governor John Bel Edwards. She is also a former board member of NTCA, OPASTCO and the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as the Chairman of the East Ascension East Iberville School Partnership. Janet currently serves on the NTCA Industry Committee and WTA Public Policy Committee. She is also a member of the Ascension Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, City of Gonzales Marketing Team and is a member of the local Industrial Development Board of Directors. She currently sits on the Baton Rouge Area Chamber Board of Directors and serves on its Executive Committee. Janet was recognized by the Baton Rouge Business Report as a Forty under 40 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

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Tressy Leindecker
Executive Vice President of Sales

Tressy Leindecker serves as EATEL's Executive Vice President of Sales. As a sales leader with more than 20 years of management experience, she has led teams in several telecommunications organizations -- with a focus in cable, data, transport and telephony. Tressy has been responsible for the successful transformation of sales organizations, drastically increasing monthly performance and overall team bench strength. Tressy holds a bachelor of arts degree and often volunteers her time to give back to the communities she serves.

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Noah Boudreaux
General Manager of Data Center Sales & Operations

Noah Boudreaux is the General Manager of Data Center Sales & Operations. In his more than 20 years of IT experience, Boudreaux has lead several prominent technology firms in the Baton Rouge area. His longest tenure of almost 10 years was at Sparkhound, where, in 2008, Noah accepted the role of Vice President of Operations. Eventually, he became the company’s Chief Operating Officer in 2013.

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Harris Miller
Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Harris drives the organization's operational excellence and innovation strategy by helping to blend technology and efficiency into existing programs as well as new business opportunities. Harris has been with the company for over 20 years and has held several management positions including: Director of Network Services, Manager of Network Engineering, NOC Manager, and Manager of Customer Support.

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Gerry Boudreaux
Vice President of Customer Support and I&R

Gerry Boudreaux has been with EATEL for 17 years and currently leads the Residential Installation and Repair groups, as well as Residential Customer Support. Prior to this role, he was the Vice President, Datacenter Design/Construction & WAN Strategy/Peering. Prior to being named VP, Gerry was Director of Datacenter Operations, where he oversaw the corporate network and virtualization infrastructure for Venyu’s datacenters and the team of network and systems engineers that support them. Gerry’s 30+ years in the IT/Internet industry include stops at US Robotics as well as Cox Communications, where he was manager of Data and Transport Engineering for their Greater Louisiana market. Gerry holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from LSU.

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Company History

In the 1920's and 30's, Ascension Parish was little more than a passing thought in the minds of the huge telecommunications companies of the day. Southern Bell and AT&T had little reason to invest in the region. Baton Rouge provided all the business they needed. Running telephone lines and building infrastructure for communities like Gonzales or French Settlement was too expensive and far too time consuming.

Fred Norris Banker and his wife, Anona Banker, moved to Ascension Parish in 1935 with their three children, Ruth, Fred Jr. and Buck. With a bit of "salvaging" discarded Southern Bell equipment, all the Bankers needed was a little iron wire and help from other notable families in the Gonzales area to get a phone company started. For only $1, Southern Bell sold the couple the "loop"—four simple crank telephones hooked up to a wire loop that traveled through Gonzales, French Settlement, Darrow and Geismar.

For the first 15 years, the Bankers operated a switchboard out of their home to make and receive calls under the name The Gonzales Telephone Exchange. The area's very first phone book was nothing more than a scratch piece of paper and phone numbers were only two digits.

Today, the company has earned a reputation as a communications pioneer, remaining always on the leading edge of technology. EATEL offered the area's first car phones in the 1980s (predecessors to cell phones), and began offering dial-up Internet access in 1995.

In 2004, EATEL started building one of the first 100% fiber-to-the-home networks in the country and later began offering its FiberEdge services on that network. Often referred to as "future proof" technology, FiberEdge services deliver unprecedented quality and reliability.

As technology has evolved and the company has grown, EATEL has maintained a clear commitment to the community, establishing numerous scholarships, grants and educational programs working in collaboration with area schools. The company is also a generous sponsor of community events and organizations such as the Jambalaya Festival, Sheriff's Christmas Crusade for Children, St. Elizabeth Hospital, Ascension Public Schools, River Parishes Community College, and many more.

After 84 years under the helm of the Banker/Scanlan families, EATEL was recently acquired by Reserve Communications and Computer Corporation, also known as “RTC.” Both founded in 1935, EATEL and RTC share similar histories and philosophies – chief among them: local presence, personalized service and quality product offerings.

The merger ushers in a new era for local telecommunications – with the combined networks paving the way as one of the largest local providers in Louisiana. As EATEL moves forward, its legacy of innovation and customer service will continue to thrive under RTC’s ownership.

  • 1935

     

    Since 1935, EATEL has provided telecommunication services to businesses in Ascension Parish. 

  • 1950

     

    The company changed it's name to East Ascension Telephone Company - EATEL.

  • 1990-99

    1990

    EATEL installed a new state-of-the-art SS7 digital to improve the quality and reliability of it's network.

    1996

    EATEL brings fiber to Livingston Parish

    1999

    EATEL becomes Exclusive Telecommunications sponsor of LSU Athletics and develops LSU internet product with live streaming video of LSU fans.

  • 2000-05

    2000

    EATEL acquires TelAmerica Long Distance Services, a Baton Rouge-based company, along with 25,000 new long distance customers.

    2001

    EATEL acquires $12 million in telecommunications assets from Actel Integrated Communications and Connect South.

    2001

    EATEL becomes the Official Local and Long Distance Company of the New Orleans Saints and a Patron Sponsor of the organization.

    2003

    LA Economic Development and the LA Industrial Development Executives Association named EATEL a 2003 Lantern Award winner.

     

  • 2010-15

    2012

    EATEL acquires Vision Communications – Lafourche parish

    2013

    Fiber is laid in Baton Rouge - offering Voice, Data and Phone Services to local Businesses.

    2013

    EATEL acquires Venyu* – Now able to offer cloud-based business services, data center, and hosting solutions throughout Louisiana. At the time Venyu had two data centers (Baton Rouge and Bossier).

    2014

    BTR2 Data Center is built and launched

     

  • 2016

    2016

     Venyu is now an official product line and division of EATEL Business. Vision Business is officially EATEL Business

    2016

    Tier III Shreveport Data Center is launched.

  • 2017

    2017

    Venyu Solutions, LLC is now officially doing business as EATEL Business.

    2017

    Vision Business Communications is now officially doing business as EATEL Business.

    2017

    EATEL Acquires Clear Choice Communications in Plaquemine.

     

  • 2019

     

     

    May 2019

    Reserve Communications and Computer Corporation (also known as RTC) acquires EATEL