TDS receives Wisconsin broadband funds for areas around Monticello, New Glarus

TDS will leverage grant funds to improve high-speed internet service projects totaling $1.7M.

During today’s Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) meeting, the Commission awarded Fiscal Year 2018 Broadband Expansion Grants to 46 applicants. As part of the announcement, TDS Telecom (TDS®) will receive funding to expand broadband service in Wisconsin — in areas surrounding New Glarus and Monticello.

The following statement can be attributed to Jean Pauk, State Government Affairs Manager at TDS Telecom: 

“We are pleased the PSCW approved our applications to improve broadband service in areas around New Glarus and Monticello. Our customers will be the true beneficiary of these grants. Once complete, customers will have access to better, faster and more reliable internet service.

“As part of the PSCW’s announcement, TDS will receive half of the nearly $1.7M needed to build out service in parts of New Glarus and Monticello. Through this 50/50 grant, TDS will receive about $844,800 to deliver internet speeds, up to 25 Mbps, to more than 1,100 unserved households.

“We look forward to getting started on these projects. Before we can start, though, we await the PSCW’s official notification. Once received, we will need to review it before we can formally accept the grant. We expect to break ground on the projects yet this year, in order to complete them within two years, as required.”

Media Contact: Cindy Tomlinson | Associate Manager of Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4471 | cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS, a growing force in the cable industry, operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig internet access, IPTV service (TDS TV), cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 1000® company, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services. TDS has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. In 2018, TDS was named to three Forbes lists: America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 9,600 people. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated August 2018

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