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.