founded in 1985 as a satellite television franchise known
as Brooks, The Satellite Store, selling satellite television
service to residential and commercial customers. The company
was immediately and briefly successful, until the introduction
of scrambling technology upset the franchise agreement and
caused a shake-out in the entire industry. The company reacted
by becoming independent under the name of ASCC
Satellite Communications Company), and trying to market
its satellite technical expertise in the commercial sector.
Initial success came in the health care and higher education,
particularly with a pioneering state-wide distance learning
video network built for Penn State University.
The year 1992 marked the beginning of a new strategic plan
for the company which featured further diversification into
fiber-optic and data technologies, and a market focus in
education and health care. The remote offices were closed
so the company could concentrate its efforts on the Western
In 1996, ASCC became the exclusive regional
distributor for Rauland-Borg, a leading school and hospital
telecommunications manufacturer, and further expanded its
product line into data networking and structured cabling.
This market position served as a basis for ASCC's
evolution into a leading source of nurse-call systems and
a major technology supplier for K-12 education. Further
growth and diversification have enabled ASCC
to become a systems integrator with serious competence in
all areas of data, voice, video, and audio communications,
covering all aspects, from structured cabling to private
data networking. ASCC is now a full-service
information technology systems integrator with a comprehensive
portfolio of products and services, and a new meaning for
its name: A Systems Communication Company.