Gas line rupture in Sun Prairie: Not TDS

Update #3 July 12, 2018

Today, TDS Telecom confirms the contractor who ruptured the gas line in Sun Prairie, Wis. was not hired by, nor doing work for TDS. This has been our assessment since the beginning of the incident, however we needed time to investigate the details and facts associated with this tragedy before we confirmed. 

During the past 18 months, TDS has been building a new fiber optic broadband network in Sun Prairie; however, we have confirmed TDS contractors were not associated with this accident. 

What happened in Sun Prairie Tuesday evening is devastating. Our hearts go out to the community at large, injured first responders, and especially to the family and friends who lost their loved one. We would like to thank the first responders, local government, Red Cross and other organizations for taking such great care of the citizens of Sun Prairie during this heartbreaking situation.
 

Update#2: July 11, 2018:

What happened in Sun Prairie last night is devastating. Our hearts go out to the community at large, and especially to the family and friends who lost their loved one. It is a tragic situation. We have talked with our contractors, who are working on our behalf in Sun Prairie and have confirmed, to the best of our ability, they were not working in the area yesterday. We continue to gather information and analyze the situation. Our first priority is the safety of our employees and the citizens of Sun Prairie. We will provide updates as we learn more. 

Update#1: July 10, 2018:

We are aware of the explosion in Sun Prairie, Wis. We have talked with our contractors who are working on our behalf in the area. We have confirmed to the best of our ability that they were not working in the area tonight. We are continuing to gather information and analyzing the situation and working as quickly as possible in order to act in the best interest of the community. Our first priority is our employees and the citizens of Sun Prairie and ensuring their safety. We will provide updates as we learn more.

 

Media Contact: Cindy Tomlinson | Associate Manager of Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4471 | cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS, a growing force in the cable industry, operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig internet access, IPTV service (TDS TV), cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 1000® company, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services. TDS has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. In 2018, TDS was named to three Forbes lists: America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 9,600 people. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated August 2018

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