Shenandoah Telecommunications Company
Company typePublic
S&P 600 component
Russell 2000 component
ServicesLocal and long-distance telephone service, cable television, Internet access, wireless Internet access, digital phone, fiber-optic Internet, wholesale
RevenueIncrease $612 million (2017)[2]
Increase $46.5 million (2017)[2]
Decrease $-6.995 million (2016)[2]
Number of employees
1200 [3]

Shentel, officially Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, is a publicly traded telecommunications company headquartered in Edinburg, Virginia. It operates a digital wireless and wireline network in rural Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.[4]


Shentel was founded in January 1902 as the Farmers' Mutual Telephone System of Shenandoah County (FMTS).[5] This was one of a number of Farmers' Mutual telephone systems established in rural areas of the United States. The company's initial goal was to bring telephone service to rural residents of Shenandoah County, VA.[6] In 1960 the name changed to Shenandoah Telephone Company, then in 1981 to Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel).[4] The company launched cable TV service and a fiber optic network in the 1980s. In 1984 Shentel added mobile and paging services. In 1990 Shentel launched Shenandoah Cellular, the first company in Virginia to offer cellular service to a rural area. Internet service was made available to Shentel customers in 1994.[4]

In the 2000s Shentel began to expand its cable footprint - purchasing cable assets from Rapid Communications in Virginia and West Virginia in 2008,[7] and acquiring JetBroadband in southern Virginia and southern West Virginia in 2010.[8] Later in 2010, Shentel purchased two small cable systems from Suddenlink Communications (one in West Virginia, the other in Maryland).[9]

In May 2016, Shentel finished acquiring its competitor Ntelos[10] for 640 million dollars.[11] acquiring 297,500 subscribers. The deal also transferred an additional 291,000 subscribers from Sprint in exchange for Ntelos spectrum,[12][13] making Shentel the sixth largest public wireless company in the United States.[4]

In February 2019, Shentel announced the agreement to purchase Big Shandy Broadband, a Kentucky-based cable television, broadband Internet and phone provider.[14]

On August 27, 2020, T-Mobile USA decided to purchase the wireless assets of the company.[15]


  1. ^ "Shentel - Explore". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  2. ^ a b c "2017 annual report". Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. March 15, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "SHEN Profile | Shenandoah Telecommunications C Stock - Yahoo Finance". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  4. ^ a b c d "Shentel - History". Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  5. ^ "Copy for the Governor". The Richmond Dispatch. Richmond, VA. January 13, 1902. p. 3. A great many telephone charters are coming in to the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth to be recorded….received yesterday…Farmers' Mutual Telephone System of Shenandoah County.
  6. ^ "Shentel Facebook page - Company Milestones". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  7. ^ "Shenandoah Telecommunications Company to Acquire Cable Assets in Virginia and West Virginia". 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  8. ^ "Shentel Completes Acquisition of JetBroadband". 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  9. ^ "Shenandoah Telecommunications Closes on Cable Acquisition". 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  10. ^ "What you need to know about the Shentel, Ntelos merger". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  11. ^ "Sprint affiliate Shentel buys fellow wholesale partner nTelos for $640M". FierceWireless. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  12. ^ Petska, Alicia. "Shentel completes acquisition of Ntelos | Virginia". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  13. ^ "Sprint and Shentel to Expand Affiliate Territory to Cover Former nTelos Area | Sprint Newsroom". Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  14. ^ "Shentel to acquire Eastern Kentucky telcom firm". Virginia Business. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  15. ^ "T-Mobile to buy Shentel wireless assets but price remains sticking point". 27 August 2020.