EATEL to acquire Plaquemine's Clear Choice Communications

Staff Report

EATEL, Ascension Parish-based telecommunications provider, and Clear Choice Communications, the only locally owned and operated telecommunications provider in Iberville Parish, are pleased to announce that Clear Choice and its employees will become members of the EATEL family. The acquisition is scheduled to be completed by early summer.

Clear Choice Communications provides cable TV, Internet and phone services to residential and business customers in Plaquemine, Louisiana. 

“The Clear Choice acquisition fits nicely into our market expansion plans,” Josh Descant, president of EATEL said. “We feel EATEL’s innovative suite of products and services will be well received in the community. EATEL is known for providing excellent customer service and supporting the communities in which it serves. We look forward to offering this same level of support in the Iberville Parish area.”

Frances Tempanaro, Clear Choice’s General manager will oversee the transition and will continue to manage in the Plaquemine market with an emphasis on Marketing. 

“We have been growing for the past five years and joining with the EATEL family will help us speed the process of reaching more neighborhoods. We love our customers, and EATEL’s reputation, excellent customer service, and generous community support were the right fit for us,” Tempanaro said.  “I’m not going anywhere, and I’m excited about the types of expanded products we will be able to offer residents and businesses on the west side of the river.”

EATEL has strategically expanded its footprint to grow its EATEL Business Division while capturing residential growth in the process. They serve a nationwide customer base through their ultra-secure Data Centers in Baton Rouge and Shreveport which were added with the acquisition of Venyu in August 2013. This has led to expansion of their fiber network in East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes. In 2012, EATEL acquired Vision Communications in Lafourche Parish and has expanded into the Houma market since that merger. 

About EATEL 

EATEL was the first company in Louisiana to provide TV, Internet, and telephone services over an all-fiber network that offers a broad array of integrated digital services. In 2015, EATEL launched its newest service, “HomeIQ,” the smarter security and home automation service that allows customers to connect with their homes quickly, conveniently and from anywhere. Founded in 1935, EATEL has over 80 years of service as a business leader and the premiere telecommunications provider in Ascension, Livingston and East Baton Rouge Parishes. To learn more about EATEL, please visit

About Clear Choice Communications

Clear Choice Communications is the ONLY locally owned and operated  Telecommunications Provider in Iberville Parish. Offering high speed internet, cable TV and home phone services,Clear Choice keeps Iberville connected with hometown customer service and support.  To learn more about Clear Choice Communications, visit www.