TDS to improve network in northwest Ohio
Construction expected to be done by fall of 2018
Construction is under way to expand and improve broadband to 817 locations in northwest Ohio. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in January in portions of Putnam, Van Wert and Paulding counties. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall 2018.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $1.1 million each year to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Ohio. 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 817 locations in northwest Ohio with hundreds of additional customers receiving benefits from the network upgrade work.
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 northwest Ohio,” said Bruce Mottern, 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 Ohio since 1971 and owns five telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 11 people in Ohio.