Construction begins on TDS high-speed internet network in Watertown

WATERTOWN, Wisconsin – TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) has begun construction on an all-fiber, high-speed internet network in Watertown.

When completed, the network will provide access to lightning-fast internet speeds for more than 9,300 homes and businesses. In addition, TDS’ arrival brings Watertown a new option for TV and phone service.

“We’ve been pleased with the opportunity to work with TDS over the last several months planning for this construction to begin,” Watertown Mayor Emily McFarland said. “Adding another option for these services for our residents is important in ensuring affordable access.”

The network features speeds of up to 8Gig, which gives customers the ability to upload and download files – regardless of size – nearly instantaneously. The network not only makes it easy to stream and do work or school from home, but it’s well-suited for commercial needs and households with large, shared internet needs.

Residents can also choose TDS TV®+, a full-featured TV product, and phone services. TDS offers businesses dedicated connections, TDS TV+, and managed IP—TDS’ hosted VoIP communications solution.

“We’re excited to make this major private investment and begin building a high-speed internet network that will serve the community for years to come,” said Drew Petersen, TDS Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs.

TDS is a participant in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Qualified ACP customers can receive symmetrical speeds up to 200Mbps at no cost with the company’s TDS Connect product.  

Construction will be done in phases, with residents able to connect when work is completed in their neighborhood. Residents will be notified in several ways before construction starts, including signage and by postcard, letter, and door hanger. Contractors will work to minimize disruptions and restore any areas impacted by the burying of fiber-optic cable.

Founded in 1969, Wisconsin-based TDS has become a national leader in fiber-optic deployment. Besides Watertown, TDS has projects in development in virtually every corner of the state, investing nearly a billion dollars to expand its fiber network in Wisconsin.

In addition to high-quality services, helping the communities it serves is a core part of TDS’ mission. The company will be active in sponsoring community events and supporting local nonprofits.

Residents can visit for more information and to sign up for updates.

Media Contact: Mark Schaaf | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 414-326-3588 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,600 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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