Fiber internet installations begin on TDS’ Englewood, Tennessee network upgrade
First 700+ can connect to up to 1Gig speeds
TDS Telecommunications, LLC (TDS®) has started installing up to 1Gig symmetrical internet to the first 700+ customers included in its fiber network upgrade project in Englewood, Tennessee. The company broke ground in November of last year and is making high-speed services available to residents as sections of the project are completed. TDS will be hosting a ribbon cutting community celebration on April 4 at the Englewood Community Center from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
“This is an exciting milestone on such an important project,” says Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Drew Petersen. “Fiber-optic technology is world-class, and we know customers have been anxiously awaiting these kinds of reliable, high-speed connections.”
TDS’ fiber internet products are symmetrical, with equal upload and download speeds. The top speed available will be 1Gig—or 1,000Mbps—with a range of other options also available. Businesses in the build footprint can choose dedicated connections of up to 10Gig, backed by a service level agreement. The company expects to finish the project before the end of the year and connect more than 1,200 residential and business locations.
Beyond the standard service options, TDS also offers a low-cost service called TDS Connect that includes up to 200/200Mbps internet speeds for qualifying customers. The monthly cost of TDS Connect is fully covered by the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) benefit.
“We strongly encourage residents to check and see if they qualify for ACP so they can stay connected to internet service without having to cutting back on other essentials,” says Petersen.
TDS is funding the Englewood project entirely through a private capital investment. In addition, the company is leveraging a Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund – American Rescue Plan grant of nearly $13M to build fiber networks in Ball Play, Coker Creek, and Tellico Plains in Monroe County.
The Wisconsin-based company, which started as a group of small telecommunications companies, is now a leader in fiber deployment and serves customers in 32 states. TDS has been a local provider in Englewood for 37 years.
Englewood residents can visit TDSFiber.com or call 1-888-225-5837 for more information.