TDS awarded $12.9 Million Broadband Grant in Tennessee

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®), a Madison, Wisconsin-based communications company, was awarded a $12.9 million grant from the Tennessee Emergency Broadband Fund – American Rescue Plan. The broadband grant will help fund a broadband expansion project to deliver 1,000Mbps/1Gig internet speeds to rural residents of Monroe County, Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development awarded the grants utilizing federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to bring faster internet speeds to unserved and underserved areas in the state.

The broadband grant is TDS’ largest individual broadband grant to date.

“TDS is pleased to receive support on this impactful project that will greatly benefit homes and businesses in rural areas of Monroe County,” said Drew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Relations. “We would like to thank the grant evaluators for recognizing the value of TDS’ application.”

The grant will help fund a fiber-to-the-home project to upgrade services to 3,709 locations. The application received hundreds of letters of support from the area; many residents said the increase in internet speeds is desperately needed.

"Monroe County is very excited to partner with our friends at TDS once again to provide much needed infrastructure in underserved communities in our county.  Thank you to the State of Tennessee for having the confidence in us to be good stewards of these grant monies,” said Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram.

Under the program parameters, the project must be completed by the end of August 2025.

Media Contact: Missy Kellor | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4836 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout 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 8 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

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,600 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. Visit

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