Broadband to improve in Pennsylvania
Construction expected to be done in 2018
Construction is under way to expand and improve broadband to 1,500 locations in central Pennsylvania. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in February in portions of Schuylkill, Northumberland and Dauphin counties. Construction is expected to be done in 2018.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $1 million each year to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Pennsylvania. 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 1,500 locations in central Pennsylvania with hundreds of additional customers to receive benefits from the network upgrade work.
Pennsylvania 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 central Pennsylvania,” 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 Pennsylvania since 1975 and owns two telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 3 people in Pennsylvania.