Ceremonial groundbreaking marks start of TDS’ fiber network build in Marshfield, Wisconsin
TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) celebrated the start of construction on its fiber network project in Marshfield with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday at Wenzel Family Plaza. TDS Telecom Director of Marketing Kari Gray was joined by Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MACCI) Executive Director Denise Sonneman, as well as Chamber Board Chairman Mark Veith, and Wisconsin Senator James.
“On behalf of all of us at TDS, thank you for being with us today and for your warm welcome to Marshfield,” said TDS Director of Marketing Kari Gray. “Projects like this can’t succeed without strong support from the community and we’re truly excited to bring a new competitive choice here. I’m confident you’ll love TDS fiber and the positive impact it will have in your home, business, and the entire community.”
TDS announced plans to expand their fiber footprint to Marshfield and Hewitt in March of this year. Fiber-optic technology infrastructure uses light to transmit data rather than electricity to deliver super-fast data connections. TDS’ project will ultimately about 10,000 residential and business addresses across both communities to multi-gig symmetrical internet speeds. Residents can choose up to 8Gig connections, and businesses will gain 10Gig dedicated connections with a service level agreement. The company also offers TV and phone service, bringing a new competitor choice to the area.
“It’s great to see this is happening now,” said Veith. “To see that TDS is going to serve 10,000 people 8Gigs of speed for residents and 10Gigs for businesses is extremely exciting for Marshfield. I’d like to thank TDS for investing in our community.”
Construction began on the project last week. Build activity includes accessing public utility easement areas and burying conduit and fiber optic cable. Residents can look for signs in their neighborhoods before construction begins, as well as a mailed postcard, letter, and a door hanger notifying them of the upcoming work. TDS services will launch to customers in phases as sections of the network are completed.
“Beyond the technology, one of our core company values is giving back and becoming part of every community TDS serves,” says Gray. “We hire locally, encourage associate to volunteer, support charitable work in the community, and you’ll also be seeing us sponsoring all kinds of local events.”
Headquartered in Madison with more than 50 years of experience, TDS is quickly growing its fiber footprint in the Badger State with active projects in Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, as well as Onalaska, Sparta, West Salem, Rockland, and Tomah. TDS has already completed fiber projects in Stevens Point, as well as Wausau, Weston, and Kronenwetter.