Cottage Grove, Wis. is the next community TDS is connecting to a new fiber-optic network

Gigabit-speed broadband network to provide residents and businesses with new choice for internet, TV, and phone services.

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) announced plans to construct a new fiber-optic broadband network in the village of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.

“Fiber technology levels the playing field between smaller communities and larger cities. Now, residents and businesses in Cottage Grove will have the same speeds as those in nearby Madison and other major metropolitan areas,” says Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS Telecom.

Once complete, Cottage Grove will be one of the most highly-connected communities in the nation with Gigabit speed offerings. Telecommuters, telemedicine, online education users, gamers, and movie enthusiasts will all enjoy the fastest speeds available in the nation.

TDS is currently engineering the network and hiring contractors with plans to begin construction this summer. The project includes installing fiber-to-the-home connections and laying underground fiber in neighborhoods and business parks.

Residents and businesses interested in learning more about TDS and their products can get details at

TDS launched similar next-generation services in nearby Sun Prairie last September. Earlier this spring, TDS announced similar partnerships and plans in McFarland and DeForest, Wisconsin. Following their acquisition of Merrimac Communications, Ltd., TDS is also upgrading the network in Merrimac in order to offer residents and businesses state-of-the-art communications services and solutions.

Media Contact: DeAnne Boegli | National Public Relations Manager | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4428 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS, a growing force in the cable industry, operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig internet access, IPTV service (TDS TV), cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit or

TDS Telecom, Headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. In 2018, TDS was recognized in Forbes list of America's Best Employers for Diversity. The TDS family of companies, which includes TDS Telecom, is listed at 190 out of 250 top employers in the U.S.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to more than six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. employs more than 9,900 people. Visit

Updated February 2018

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