TDS is headed to Big Sky Country!

TDS is growing its fiber footprint into Billings, Montana.

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) was recently granted a municipal franchise by the city of Billings, Montana, to build a 500-mile fiber-to-the-home network. The network will ultimately connect more than 40,000 homes and businesses across the community and will deliver internet speeds up to 2Gig, TDS’ all-digital TV service, TDS TV®+, and phone options.

Billings is the first city in Montana to receive a fiber optic network.

"We see a lot of potential in Billings and we are thrilled to continue expanding our fiber network," says Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS. "With TDS Fiber, residents of Billings can ready their home for the future. We're proud to install fiber-optic telecom lines in the great city of Billings."

Billings City Administrator Chris Kukulski said the addition of TDS to Billings will result in higher-quality broadband and cable services at a more competitive price. "This competition will improve the city's economy," he said.

In addition, TDS' expansion into Billings will create new job opportunities. New positions are now posted on the company’s website.

"When the fiber network is complete, TDS will deliver up to 2Gig internet speeds, plus exceptional and reliable bandwidth for businesses and residents," said Butman. “We’re inviting Billings to say hello to a reliable internet network, smarter Wi-Fi, and amazing customer service.”

Next month, TDS officials and contracted construction teams will kick off building its network to deliver up to 2Gig speeds. With speeds up to 2Gig, it’s possible to download a typical two-hour, 4K movie in under a minute.

Montana will be the 32nd state TDS offers its services. 

TDS is building a 1,000-mile fiber network in Spokane, Washington, and a 700-mile fiber-optic network in Coeur d'Alene, Hayden, Hayden Lake, Post Falls, and Rathdrum, Idaho.

Area residents can visit www.tdsfiber.com to register for service, monitor the progress of the build, and sign up for notifications about the new service.

Media Contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager - Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-658-8158 (cell) | cheryl.mccollum@tdstelecom.com  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to more than 1,000 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 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 2 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 2,900 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. 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 August 2021

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