TDS to improve network in Boone County, Indiana
Construction expected to be completed by spring of 2018
Construction is now under way to expand and improve broadband to 3,680 locations in Boone County, Ind. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in January, with construction expected to be completed in spring of 2018.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated an average of $2.97 million each year to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Indiana. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations. The FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) will provide funding to 3,680 locations in Boone County with hundreds of additional customers receiving benefits from the network upgrade work.
Indiana residents can visit the TDS website (https://tdstelecom.com/networkupgrades.html) to find out how this federal program may impact their location.
Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3). Under the agreement with the FCC, the remaining customers will receive broadband service at lower speeds of 10/1 and 4/1Mbps.
“We are excited to bring faster connections to customers in Boone County,” said Jeff Handley, manager – State Government Affairs at TDS.
In January, TDS announced it elected to receive approximately $75.1 million a year to increase broadband access in 25 states from the FCC’s A-CAM, under the Connect America Fund (CAF) program. TDS will leverage the funds over the next 10 years to support the buildout of rural broadband networks to nearly 160,000 locations across the country.
TDS has been doing business in Indiana since 1973 and owns 10 telephone companies in the state. TDS employs nearly 50 people in Indiana.