TDS begins construction in Great Falls, Montana

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) has kicked off construction on its fiber-to-the-home network in Great Falls, Montana. The Madison, Wisconsin-based company was recently granted design and permit approval from the city on the network that will ultimately connect homes and businesses across the community.

“A fiber network will allow Great Falls to attract, retain and expand job-creating businesses and institutions right here,” said Shane Etzwiler, president/CEO of the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. “Economic development depends on broadband, and we are pleased to see TDS begin construction of its network. This will allow our businesses to compete in local, national, and global markets.”

TDS is working with CEC Facilities Group out of Irving, Texas to construct the network.

When the fiber network is complete, TDS will deliver up to 8Gig internet speeds for businesses and residents, along with a variety of phone and digital TV options. Area residents can visit to register for service, monitor the progress of the build, and sign up for notifications about the new service. TDS is also building its fiber network in Helena, Helena Valley, Butte, Missoula, and Billings.

In addition, TDS' expansion into Great Falls will create new job opportunities, with new positions now posted on the company’s website. TDS has hired 83 associates in Montana since announcing two years ago it was building a fiber network in Big Sky Country.

TDS recently awarded $10,000 for Central Montana Works! and its flagship project, the Worlds of Work™ (WOW) Career Exploration. WOW is hosted at both the University of Providence and Great Falls College on Sept. 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for 8th and 10th grade students from across the region This interactive event engages students through hands-on learning activities in all 16 career clusters. In addition to the student event, WOW is hosting an open house that day for members of the public to see what career opportunities are now available. The open house will be from 3 to 5 p.m.

Media Contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-2388 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Metrocom/TDS) is a leading provider of fiber internet service. With more than 50 years of experience, the growing communications company is building and deploying new, fiber optic networks in neighborhoods across the country to deliver up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds to homes and up to 10 Gigabit internet speeds to businesses. In addition, TDS provides innovative TV entertainment and advanced phone services. Visit to learn more.

TDS provides communications services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the United States. The company employs more than 3,400 people nationwide and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS Inc.). 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 for more information.

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