TDS continues Maine fiber expansion; increases speeds to 8Gig
TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) is continuing to build out its high-speed, all-fiber internet network in Maine, with construction launched in additional communities and a significant boost in top speeds.
Work is under way or will soon begin in additional communities in Franklin and Somerset counties, including Weld, Carrabassett, Stratton, Mercer, Norridgewock, Kingfield, New Portland, New Vineyard, North Anson, Phillips, Salem and Strong. In total, the network will be available to more than 7,400 homes and businesses in these areas.
Meanwhile, construction is continuing in a number of other communities, including Harmony, West Ripley, Solon, Embden, Athens, and Warren.
Internet speeds will reach up to 8Gig throughout TDS’ Maine fiber expansion – a sharp increase from the previous high of 1Gig. 8Gig internet allows files of any size to be uploaded or downloaded nearly instantly, making it ideal for commercial customers as well as homes with large, shared internet needs.
“We’re excited to continue expanding our fiber network in Maine and offer even faster internet for homes and businesses,” said Drew Petersen, TDS Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “Through this major private investment of tens of millions of dollars, we’re committed to helping the communities we serve.”
In addition to high-speed internet, TV will be launched in the coming months. TDS also offers special bundle savings when paired with phone options.
As TDS expands its footprint into 100 new communities, any ongoing or planned expansion will be 8G capable. TDS also continues to explore opportunities to upgrade its technology in its previously launched communities.
TDS is a participant in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Qualified ACP customers can receive symmetrical speeds up to 200Mbps at no cost with the company’s TDS Connect product.
TDS has served Maine since 1971. In addition to private investment, TDS is leveraging Alternative Connect America funds to expand and improve broadband service to customers in Maine.