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 |  

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 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. 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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