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Business FAQ


Ponderosa is a technology service provider offering Voice and Internet services. Our headquarters are located in O'Neals, CA.


Territory Map


Ponderosa serves Auberry, Big Creek, Friant, North Fork, O'Neals, Shaver Lake, Wishon and Cima. Click the photo to view maps.


Our Centennial History

The Bigelow family story is one of the Central San Joaquin Valley and the pioneers who tamed the rough and tumble territory in the late 1800's. Click on the graphic for an interactive history tour.



Press Releases





2008 General Release Ponderosa Telephone Celebrates 100 Years—Shares Secrets to Success 

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News Articles


Ponderosa Telephone news articles through the years.


2007 Calcom Connect Winter Edition

1990 LA Times Article: Crusader for Desert Phones - Cima,CA

1981 Telephony Article

1960s articles

1950s articles

1912 article




Print and audio clips and quotes.      


1973 Jesse Bigelow Interview (print)




PR Contact


For public relations inquiries and copyright permission for Ponderosa Telephone content, contact:


Dusty Gauthier
Marketing Communication Associate

Hours: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.


Ponderosa Executives

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 Luanne Silkwood, Chairperson  


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Kristann Mattes, President


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Frank Bigelow, Vice President


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Matthew Boos, General Manager


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Rural Lifestyle Stories 


Reviving a Culture

The Mono Nation Trade Route Hike is one person's story of the value of communications to reviving the culture and traditions of the Mono People. Click the picture to share Lou Beihn's personal journey.




Wired for Safety Inside Friant Dam... where mammoth turbines generate hydro-electric power and sophisticated electronics control and monitor the generation of raw energy. Click the picture to discover how Ponderosa uniquely serves the needs of hydro-electric power operators.



Home is where the heart is for 5 generations... the Helm / Wagner family continues with pioneering spirit inspired by past generations. Learn what draws this family to life on the rugged homestead and hear an audio story about crossing the plains in 1856



The Grizzly Century

A few friends with a passion for riding came together to create an upbeat fundraising event to benefit their community in a downturned economy.




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