Blue Ridge Communications was founded in 1950 by Claude Reinhart in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. The original name of the company was Pencor Services, Inc. Reinhart wanted to improve television reception by placing an antenna on top of Blue Mountain, then installed a pole line. The idea was very successful. In 1955, the company purchased Palmerton Telephone Company.
Today, Blue Ridge Communications provides telephone, cable television, and internet service to more than 170,000 customers. In addition to their telecommunications, the company also offers home security services.
Pencor Services, Inc. owns Pencor Wireless, which operates the company’s cell phone service, Blue Ridge Communications, which operates as a subsidiary.
In March 2020, the company launced its “Learn from Home” initiative, where low income families could receive 60 days of internet service free of charge to allow their children access to school programs.