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 | cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest 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 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 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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