TDS consumer options following expiration of FCC Keep Americans Connected pledge

TDS Telecom (TDS®) is announcing additional measures to assist customers experiencing financial challenges resulting from the pandemic. The moves come in anticipation of the June 30, 2020 expiration of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Keep Americans Connected Program.

Specifically, TDS is taking the following actions:

  • Customers who received 60 days of free internet service will also receive a $10 credit off their bill for their next six months of service.
  • Offering programs, including payment plans, across most service areas. These are specifically designed to assist those with long-term financial challenges while keeping them connected.

Customers can reach TDS’s financial services team by calling 1-888-225-5837. Representatives for both residential and businesses services are available Monday through Friday.

“At TDS we understand the vital role communication technologies like internet and phone service play in how we live and work today,” says Andrew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for TDS. “We value all of our customers but know many have endured significant financial challenges because of COVID-19. We remain committed to using our processes and policies to help keep all customers connected.”

TDS signed the FCC pledge in March which was then extended until the end of June. In addition to adopting the tenets of that program which suspended all late fees, service disconnections, and made available public Wi-Fi Hot Spots wherever available in TDS territories, TDS also proactively offered 60 days of free internet service to certain new customers most in need of connectivity.

 

Media Contact: Missy Kellor | Associate Manager—Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4836 | missy.kellor@tdstelecom.com  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 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 nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. 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 February 2019

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