TDS to receive funds to improve internet services in part of Tennessee

TDS Telecom is receiving $1.49M in funding from the Tennessee’s Broadband Accessibility Grants program.

TDS Telecom is receiving funding from the Tennessee’s Broadband Accessibility Grants program. The announcement was made by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee yesterday afternoon.

As part of the announcement, TDS Telecom (TDS®) will receive funding to improve and expand internet service in Vonore, Tennessee. Located in Monroe County, Vonore has been served by TDS since 1985 through the company’s Tellico Plains Telephone Company.

The following statement can be attributed to Bruce Mottern, state government affairs manager at TDS Telecom:

“We are extremely pleased our application to improve broadband services in the Vonore area has been approved. Our customers have been clamoring for improvement and will be the true beneficiary of this grant, which will ensure better, faster and more reliable internet service.

“As part of the Governor’s announcement, TDS will receive half of the $2.98M needed to build out service in Vonore. Through this 50/50 grant, TDS will receive just over $1.49M to deliver internet speeds, of 100 Mbps or greater, to 740 households.

“We look forward to breaking ground and moving this project forward. However, before we can start, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development must provide us with a grant agreement. Then, we’ll review and formally accept the grant funding — and complete work within two years.”


Media Contact: Cindy Tomlinson | Associate Manager of Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4471 |  

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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