TDS turns up first customers in Helena Valley, Montana

Today, TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) turned up its first customers to its fiber network in the Helena Valley, Montana area.

TDS field service technicians installed internet service this morning at the home of Tom and Donna Hirst, 5221 Crescent Moon, Helena Valley. TDS also presented the couple with a “Welcome to TDS” gift basket.

"I'm so pleased to now have super-fast TDS fiber internet,” said Tom Hirst. “The price is great, and our home is ready for the future with TDS' reliable speeds." Tom is the owner of Montana Auto Restoration Services and Donna is retired from a billing department in the dental industry.

“What an exciting milestone in Helena. We are delighted today to launch our fiber network for residential and commercial customers," says TDS Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Drew Petersen. “Fiber-optic technology is world class and this is a huge step forward for the Helena area."

TDS, operating as TDS Metrocom, started construction on its fiber network in Helena and Helena Valley earlier this year and will connect homes and businesses with internet speeds of up to 8 Gig, along with providing state-of-the-art digital TV services, and a variety of phone options.

TDS has hired 18 associates in Helena and Helena Valley and a total of 89 associates in Montana. For more information on TDS and job openings or to register for service and monitor the progress of the build, visit or call 800-737-4172.

TDS is also building a fiber network in Billings, Butte, Missoula, and Great Falls.

Central to its mission and values, TDS is committed to giving back to the communities it serves through donations and volunteer efforts. Since coming to Helena, TDS has sponsored several community events and donated to groups such as Montana Learning Center.

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.  

Media Contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager of 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.), a Fortune 1000® company [NYSE: TDS]. 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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