TDS kicks-off construction on its West Salem, Wisconsin fiber network
Bangor and Rockland projects starting in the coming weeks
TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®) has broken ground on its all-fiber-optic network project in West Salem, Wis. The infrastructure will deliver up to 8Gig symmetrical internet for homes, 10Gig dedicated connections for businesses, plus TV and phone service for all locations.
“We’re thrilled to get started on this high-speed project and bring state-of-the-art services to West Salem,” says Drew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs for TDS. “Fiber technology is what communities want because it brings reliable and fast connections today, and it’s scalable for the future.”
Construction work started last week, and products and services will become available to customers gradually as sections of the network are finished. Contractors are burying underground fiber in neighborhoods and business parks and installing fiber-to-the-premise connections. TDS expects to connect the first customers before the end of the year.
The milestone is the first construction kick-off of three in the area, as the Madison-based company will also be starting build work shortly on its Bangor and Rockland, Wis. fiber networks. Funded entirely through private investment, the TDS networks will ultimately connect thousands of addresses across all three communities.
TDS recently launched fiber services to the first customers in Onalaska, Wis. and broke ground on its Tomah, Wis. network at the end of 2022. The expansion reflects the company’s half a billion-dollar investment in fiber deployment in the state. Beyond the greater La Crosse area, TDS is also bringing fiber connections to Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Altoona recently approved a memorandum of understanding on TDS’ expansion into that community.
Beyond internet services, TDS’ expansion into West Central Wisconsin brings a new TV and phone competitor to the area. TDS’ fiber internet service offers equal upload and download speeds and multi-gig service options up to 8Gig. TDS TV®+, the company’s full-featured TV product, integrates with popular streaming services and offers local and national networks, cloud DVR options, and the ability to start shows over. TDS is also a participant in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Qualified ACP customers can receive speeds up to 200Mbps at no cost with the company’s TDS Connect product.
TDS has customers in 32 states and been doing business in the state for 54 years. The company is investing about half a billion dollars in Wisconsin to grow its fiber footprint, and has become a major player in fiber-optic construction across the U.S.