TDS bringing reliable internet to underserved communities in Shasta County, California

Company utilizing state broadband grant dollars to bring faster internet speeds to schools, first responders, homes

Shasta County, California (October 15, 2021) – TDS Telecom (TDS®) broke ground this week on a project bringing faster internet to underserved communities in Shasta County, California.

Leveraging $1.8 million from the California Advanced Service Fund (CASF), the TDS project encompasses about 20 square miles in the communities of Anderson, Olinda, and other unincorporated areas of the county. The project area includes an estimated 1,900 households, schools such as Happy Valley Primary School and Igo Ono Elementary, and Igo Ono Volunteer Fire Company #50.

In its resolution approving the grant funding, the Public Utilities Commission of the State of California noted the area is high-risk for fires and that “improved broadband speeds will facilitate the transmission of data and communications among first responders and improve services.” In addition, the project may facilitate training or distance learning opportunities for first responders, the resolution stated.

TDS’ CASF application was also supported by the Anderson Chamber of Commerce given the importance of high-speed internet for the local business community.

“Reliable internet is a key component of infrastructure and enhances a community’s quality of life. We are pleased to upgrade internet for residents, schools, businesses, and first responders in Anderson and surrounding areas.  We would also like to thank the Public Utilities Commission for authorizing grant dollars for this project,” TDS Telecom Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Drew Petersen said.

Construction of the network began Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. CASF was created in 2007 to provide funds for broadband infrastructure in unserved and undeserved areas in California.

Media Contact: Mark Schaaf | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 414-326-3588 | mark.schaaf@tdstelecom.com  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to more than 1,000 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 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 2 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 tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 2,900 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. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated August 2021

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