Broadband upgrades in Lewis County

Engineering work under way for network upgrade in Washington

MADISON, Wis. (June 16, 2017) – Engineering work is now under way to expand and improve broadband to 1,500 locations in Lewis County, Wash. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in March in the McDaniel Telephone Company coverage area. Construction will include more than 25 miles of new fiber and is expected to be done in 2018.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated an average of $1.4 million a year for the next 10 years to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Washington. 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 homes in Lewis County with hundreds of existing customers expected to also receive benefits from the network upgrade work.

Washington residents can visit the TDS website 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 proud to be part of this massive modernization project with the FCC,” said Gail Long, manager – State Government Affairs at TDS. “Over the next 10 years, we are eager to begin work to build faster connections to more than 3,500 locations in Washington.” 

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 Washington since 1973 and owns three telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 20 people in Washington.

Media Contact: Cheryl McCollum | Associate Manager of Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 608-664-2388 |

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to a mix of small to mid-sized urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the U.S. With 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly growing technology company. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 8 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

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,600 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, broadband, video and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million connections nationwide through its businesses: UScellular, TDS Telecom, and OneNeck IT Solutions. Visit

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