TDS expanding in 3 Wisconsin communities

New partnerships with Oregon, McFarland; fiber-optic build outs underway in Madison.

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) announces newly formed partnerships with the villages of McFarland and Oregon in Wisconsin. TDS intends to build a new fiber optic network in both communities. In addition, TDS says construction is underway on a new fiber optic network — to offer Gig service to businesses — in five distinct parts of Madison, Wisconsin.

In addition to providing up to 1 Gig internet service in Madison, TDS will offer a host of other communications solutions, also over fiber, to businesses in five distinct parts of the city, around:

  • East Towne Mall
  • Worthington Park
  • West Towne Mall
  • Rimrock Road and the Beltline
  • South Stoughton Road 

“Fiber-based internet service simply makes everything faster,” said Julie Maiers, vice president of Marketing and Product Development for TDS. “For businesses looking to grow and provide the best service possible, high-speed Internet service can make all the difference when it comes to being successful.”

With the partnerships in place in McFarland and Oregon, TDS will finalize engineering plans and immediately begin constructing the new fiber optic network in both communities. Work is expected to wrap up this fall. Once complete, TDS intends to launch up to 1 Gigabit internet service along with TDS TV and phone service for residents in both Oregon and McFarland. For businesses in these communities, TDS will provide up to 1 Gigabit internet, dedicated fiber connections, and TDS managedIP, a hosted VoIP communications solution.

“Advanced communication services, with fiber-to-the-home installations, create unlimited potential for the Internet of Things,” said Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS. “In fact, Gigabit per second service can transmit a two-hour movie in just 16 seconds. That’s one reason fiber-optic technology is in such high demand. Everyone is looking to the future of the internet and TDS is ready to bring it to more residents and businesses in Dane County.” 

According to McFarland Village Administrator Matt Schuenke, “The Village Board for years has specifically targeted the development of a fiber optic network in the community as one of its key objectives. We finally have that opportunity at our doorstep with TDS as a partner.”

McFarland, a rapidly growing community just outside Madison, is located on Highway 51, along the east shore of Lake Waubesa, McFarland has had steady growth due to its convenient location, local amenities, and many family friendly neighborhoods. The population, last measured as part of the 2010 census at 7,808, is now estimated at more than 8,200.

The village of Oregon, population 9,700, is located just minutes from the Wisconsin state capitol and University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. Oregon’s family-friendly community maintains a hometown ambiance and small town hospitality with strong schools and solid small business development.

TDS launched similar next-generation services in nearby Sun Prairie last September. TDS also recently acquired Merrimac Communications, Ltd., located just west of Madison, and plans to upgrade the network in order to offer residents and businesses state-of-the-art communications services and solutions.

“Our efforts in Sun Prairie, Merrimac, Madison, McFarland and Oregon, demonstrate our ongoing commitment to providing advanced technology and choice to more area residents and businesses,” added Butman. “We are excited to bring high speed internet to these communities and stand ready to become a strong community partner.”

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

Media Contact: DeAnne Boegli | National Public Relations Manager | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4428 | deanne.boegli@tdstelecom.com  

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 tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com.

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 tdsinc.com.

Updated October 2018

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