TDS awarded $2 Million in Wisconsin Broadband Access Grants

TDS Telecom (TDS®), a Madison, Wisconsin-based communications company, was awarded $2.032 million in funding for broadband expansion projects in two Wisconsin communities. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin selected 83 projects from 242 applications utilizing $100 million in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to bring faster internet speeds to unserved and underserved areas in the state.

“TDS is pleased to receive support for these worthwhile projects and we look forward to bringing fiber-fast internet services to the homes and businesses in these communities” said Drew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Relations.

TDS was awarded a grant of $943,333 for a project in Potosi in southwest Wisconsin and a second grant of $1,088,791 in Necedah. In all, the two fiber-optic internet projects will help deliver high-speed internet services to hundreds of homes in rural Wisconsin.

“I want to thank the commissioners for identifying these areas as essential for broadband expansion,” said Petersen. “However, even with today’s grants, too many areas of Wisconsin still don’t have adequate internet; more public and private investments will be needed.”

The next step in the grant process will be executing grant agreements with the state. Under the program parameters, the projects will need to be completed by December 31, 2024. TDS plans to begin construction on the fiber networks as early as next spring.

 

Media Contact: Missy Kellor, Associate Manager-Communications | TDS | 608-664-4836 | missy.kellor@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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