TDS central network hub in Winterhaven destroyed by fire

A fire has destroyed TDS Telecom’s (TDS®) central network hub site in Winterhaven, California. This has caused an outage impacting phone and internet for all customers in Winterhaven.

Fire crews in the area responded quickly and managed the fire until it was fully extinguished Thursday evening. TDS’ Field Services team was later allowed to briefly access the site to begin assessing damage.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to understand the full impact of the damage the fire has caused,” said Drew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for TDS. “We would like to thank the fire crews from the Yuma Fire Department, Rural Metro Fire Department, and the Holtville Fire Department for responding quickly and safely handling the fire.”

Once a full damage assessment has been completed, TDS will have an estimated timeframe for restoration of services. In the meantime, updates will be shared with the communities affected.

Media Contact: Mike Wanta | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-1096 | mike.wanta@tdstelecom.com  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 1,000 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly 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 2,900 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,100 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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