Upgrades begin in central South Carolina
Broadband project expected to be done in 2018
Construction is under way to expand and improve broadband to nearly 900 locations in central South Carolina. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in January in portions of Orangeburg County. The project is expected to be completed in 2018.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $1.4 million each year to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in South Carolina. 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 nearly 900 locations in central South Carolina with hundreds of customers receiving benefits from the network upgrade work.
South Carolina 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 portions of Orangeburg County,” said Jim Meade, 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 South Carolina since 1974 and owns four telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 16 people in South Carolina.