Broadband to improve for 159,612 locations in U.S.

FCC allocates $75.1 million a year to TDS

MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 17, 2017) – TDS Telecom (TDS®) will expand broadband to nearly 160,000 locations in the United States thanks to funding from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The FCC allocated to TDS $75.1 million a year for the next 10 years to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in the country. The funding will also be used to maintain existing voice and broadband network as well as build outs to new locations.

Residents can visit the TDS website to find out how this federal program may impact their location. As TDS finalizes the engineering and buildout plans, more details, including project start dates, will be added to the website.

Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3Mbps 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 proud to be part of this massive modernization project with the FCC,” said Kevin Hess, executive vice president at TDS. “We are eager to begin work to build faster connections to nearly 160,000 locations throughout the country.”

For nearly a decade, TDS has worked with FCC Commissioners, their staff and federal trade associations to create a plan to allow for the expansion of rural networks served by rate-of-return companies, including TDS. This FCC funding ensures more rural residents will have access to improved broadband service and reliable speeds.

States

Number of Locations
Receiving Funding

Wisconsin

35,379

Tennessee

16,409

Minnesota

10,788

Alabama

11,516

Oklahoma

6,479

Maine

7,302

Georgia

5,417

Arizona

4,516

Michigan

6,299

New York

8,802

Indiana

7,539

Mississippi

5,207

California

2,995

Virginia

5,212

Kentucky

5,062

New Hampshire

1,886

Colorado

3,083

Washington

3,587

South Carolina

3,813

Ohio

2,042

Idaho

1,336

Pennsylvania

2,152

Florida

1,638

Vermont

1,013

Oregon

140

TOTAL

159,612

               

Media Contact: Cheyrl McCollum | Associate Manager of Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-2388 | cheryl.mccollum@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 Gigabit internet speeds and offers internet-protocol based TV entertainment solutions along with traditional phone services. TDS also offers businesses VoIP advanced communications solutions, dedicated internet service, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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