Incorporated in 1998, Ernest Communications has roots in the telecom industry that date back to 1984. At that time, Joseph Ernest founded Ernest Telecom, a company devoted to the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards. In 1992, Paul Masters joined Ernest Telecom, and over the course of five years held various sales leadership and senior management positions before becoming President in 1996. Coincidentally, The Telecommunications Act was signed into law in 1996, the first major overhaul to telecommunications law in more than a half century. The groundbreaking legislation was aimed at spurring innovative technology for telecom consumers by allowing all qualified companies access to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Recognizing the opportunity to gain access to the country’s nearly 200 million local lines, Mr. Ernest and Mr. Masters co-founded Ernest Communications, Inc. and the Company quickly became one of the nation’s largest telecommunications companies dedicated exclusively to serving multi-location businesses throughout the U.S.