Who We Are

About CalTel

Office Locations

Business Offices and Hours:
8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Phone: (209)785-2211 or (209)786-2211

CalTel Office - Main Location in Copperopolis
CalTel Office - Internet Office
CalTel Office - Valley Springs

Main Office Address:

513 Main Street
Copperopolis, CA 95228

Pay Bills, Sign up for Service
Open through lunch.

Valley Springs Office:

4 Jean Street, #3
Valley Springs, CA 95252

Pay Bills, Sign up for Service, Equipment Pickup, Returns, and Swaps
Closed from 12 – 12:30 PM

Internet Office

665 Main Street
Copperopolis, CA 95228

Equipment picks up and swaps

Family Owned and Operated Since 1895

Our Story

In 1895 James A. Tower was only 16 years old when, using barbed wire fencing, he strung the first telephone line for what was to become The Calaveras Telephone Company (CalTel). As demands for the telephone service increased, the young Mr. Tower found it necessary to establish a central office in the small community of Felix near the town of Copperopolis. Then in 1899, Mr. Tower, now 20 years old, negotiated an agreement with Sunset Telephone Company that would connect his subscribers by telephone with the rest of the world.

James A. Tower died in 1936 at the young age of 56, leaving his wife Laura and their young son Howard, who was 13 years old at the time, responsible for the operation of the company.

In 1949, Mr. Howard Tower, then 27 years old, installed the first automatic switching equipment in the county. This meant that Laura no longer had to operate a manual switchboard. By 1965, all unsightly telephone lines had been buried underground and CalTel was operating out of their new modernized buildings in Copperopolis and Jenny Lind.

Howard continued managing Calaveras Telephone until 1991 when his son, James H. Tower became general manager/vice president of CalTel. In 2003 Howard Tower passed away at the age of 79, leaving his son James H. Tower as President of CalTel. James H. Tower led the company forward in building fiber to the home and increasing bandwidth to offer the very best service possible. Today, we are proud to say CalTel is still family-owned and operated.


At CalTel, we take immense pride in fostering community engagement, and that’s why we are thrilled to be a proud sponsor of various events that bring people together. By supporting these gatherings, we aim to enhance connectivity not only through our cutting-edge services but also by contributing to the vibrant fabric of local and global communities. It’s our way of expressing gratitude and investing in the shared experiences that make connections meaningful.

Ways We Support Our Community

Bret Harte High School Senior Social Night

Bret Harte High School Valedictorian Scholarship

 Bret Harte High School Yearbook

Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce 

Calaveras County Fair

Calaveras County Shootout Golf Tournament 

Calaveras High School Valedictorian Scholarship

Copper Valley Golf Club Men’s Invitational 

Copper Valley Golf Club Women’s Invitational 

Copperopolis Elementary School 

Friends of the Calaveras Sheriff’s Office 

Hot Copper Car Show 

Team Angels Youth Shooters

Valley Springs Boosters