TDS Telecom Commends FCC Decision to Enhance the A-CAM Program
MADISON, Wisconsin - TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) is pleased with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to modify and update the Alternative Cost Model (A-CAM) high-cost universal service support program. The Madison, Wisconsin-based telecommunications company has been part of the A-CAM program since its inception in 2016. For the last two years, TDS has been advocating for the extension as a member of the ACAM Broadband Coalition and appreciates the continued support from NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association and WTA – Advocates for Rural Broadband.
“TDS Telecom would like to thank Chairwoman Rosenworcel and all the commissioners for their support of enhancements to the A-CAM program. While important program details remain under review, this action is an important step toward providing Americans in rural areas with high-speed broadband. This decision illustrates the Commission’s steadfast commitment to delivering high-quality and affordable internet services to every American,” said TDS Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Drew Petersen.
TDS has nearly 160,000 homes and small businesses in 25 states in the current A-CAM program and looks forward to reviewing the specifics of the enhanced A-CAM program.
“As we work together to bridge the digital divide, TDS will continue to explore opportunities to bring affordable and sustainable networks to rural areas that desperately need better, reliable internet,” said Petersen. “We look forward to partnering with the FCC on the next steps of this enhancement of A-CAM.”
TDS provides 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment in rural and suburban communities across the U.S. The company has become an industry leader in constructing fiber optic networks, delivering up to 8Gig internet speeds for residences and dedicated connections for businesses up to 10Gig. Included in the company’s range of fiber speed options is a low-cost product for qualifying Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) participants. TDS Connect includes 200Mbps/200Mbps speeds at a price that is fully covered by the monthly ACP benefit.
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