TDS participating in FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program

TDS Telecom (TDS®) is participating in the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) newly established Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) to support broadband connectivity for low-income households. Formerly known as the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB), Congress has modified the program that provides financial relief for those needing assistance to access internet services. The transition to the new benefit is expected to begin in January.

“Expanding these benefits reflects the need to find solutions to close broadband access gaps,” says Kit Beyer, director of External Affairs & Communications at TDS. “We welcome this action by the FCC so we can continue to offer this support to customers.”

As with the former program, TDS is offering ACP benefits in locations where it currently offers the federal Lifeline program. The updated program allows eligible TDS customers to receive a monthly discount towards the available internet service of their choice. The credit will remain in place until the program funds have been exhausted or the program ends. Taxes and fees may apply. Existing EBB participants will be given the option to automatically continue to receive benefits through the ACP.

“Internet connections have become a vital part of everyday life,” says Beyer. “We applaud this latest investment to help connect households in need; TDS will continue to champion programs that expand availability for all.”

TDS announced its participation in the EBB program in May 2021. Customers interested in more information about TDS’ ACP rollout can visit or call 1-888-225-5837.



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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