TDS celebrates launch of up to 100Mbps high-speed internet service in parts of Jefferson County, New York

Select customers now have access to new, faster internet speeds

Nearly 700 rural residents in the areas surrounding the Village of Chaumont, Village of Dexter, and the Town of Cape Vincent now have access to internet speeds up to 100Mbps. The service upgrades are a result of a fiber-to-the-home network build in TDS Telecom’s (TDS®) Township Telephone company footprint. The project was funded by TDS and the New NY Broadband Program.

“We were delighted to have the state of New York’s support to expand our fiber network,” said Scott Brooks, at TDS. “Our public-private partnership is delivering faster and also more reliable internet service to rural residents and businesses in these communities.”

The launch of 100Mbps service marks the completion of a grant project TDS was awarded for Jefferson County residents within areas eligible for State funding. To enable the faster speeds, TDS has installed more than 124 miles of fiber-optic cable and added 10 Fiber Distribution Hub cabinets to house key network components. The state-of-the-art fiber infrastructure now delivers internet speeds from 25Mbps to 100 Mbps.

“We congratulate TDS Telecom on its launch of new high-speed internet in partnership with the Broadband Program Office,” said Jeffrey Nordhaus, Empire State Development Executive Vice President of Innovation and Broadband. “Broadband is a necessity for all communities in today’s economy and this launch is a game changer for nearly 700 North Country residents.”

TDS was awarded approximately $21.5 million statewide as part of the New NY Broadband Program and TDS is investing nearly $13.5 million. Upgraded services in the Edwards Telephone Company area in St. Lawrence County launched last year. The remaining grants will impact residents and businesses in the Deposit Telephone Company and Port Byron Telephone Company footprints.

About the New NY Broadband Program
In 2015, New York State established the $500 million New NY Broadband Program, the largest and most ambitious State broadband investment in the nation. The Program provides New York State grant funding to support projects that deliver high-speed Internet access to Unserved and Underserved areas of the State, with priority given to Unserved areas, libraries and educational opportunity centers. The Broadband Program Office at Empire State Development, New York’s chief economic development agency, administers the program. 

Since 1973, TDS has been providing customers in New York with telecommunications services. For more details about TDS’ service visit or call 888-CALL-TDS.



Media Contact: Missy Kellor | Associate Manager, Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4836 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. 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

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