Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc. began operations in May, 1977, and is now the largest privately owned African-American cable provider in the Philadelphia area. During the first three years of Wilco’s history, the company concentrated its efforts in the installation and service of Master Antenna Systems, Closed Circuit Television, and Security and Intercom Systems. Offering just 3 channels and a better picture quality than an antenna could provide, Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc. quickly became a new company on the rise in the nascent cable industry in Philadelphia. In 1980, Wilco was granted a franchise by Home Box Office (“HBO”), the nation’s leading pay television service, to market is programming to multi-dwelling unit buildings (“MDU’s”). This was the first time that such a franchise was granted to a minority owned firm in the Eastern United States. It was this franchise which opened the door for Wilco’s entry into the cable television industry.
Today, Wilco has become a leader and an anomaly among independent cable operators in the telecommunications industry. The Company continues to grow and expand its subscriber base by providing low cost cable services, entertainment and advanced services all supported by outstanding customer service to inner city urban communities and public housing authority communities. As one of the last remaining African-American owned cable and telecommunications companies, Wilco has always reached beyond cable’s traditional residential customer base to provide custom cable service to education, government, and low income communities. In 2001, Wilco became the first sole and exclusive provider of cable television services for the Philadelphia Housing Authority (“PHA”). In 2003, Wilco created its solely owned and operated community entertainment cable channel specifically for PHA residents. In 2006, Wilco upgraded its cable system to offer digital cable service and became the first cable provider to offer digital cable services at low and affordable prices for PHA residents. The company provides these services across an upgraded coaxial cable network that reaches across 90% of its footprint.
Overall, the Company believes that a solid relationship with customers and the larger community is critical to its long-term success. Through its public affairs initiatives, Wilco has always committed its experience and its resources to enhancing the lives of the residents in the communities it serves. The company’s reputation for solid operating performance, innovation, personalized customer service and strong relationships with both customers and community leaders remains widely acknowledged.
We are proud to serve our residents and be apart of this unique community. We look forward to an exciting and bright future!