TDS announces plans to expand fiber-optic network to DeForest, Wis.

Gigabit-speed broadband network to provide new choice for internet, TV, and phone services

MADISON, Wis. (May 29, 2018) — TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) unveiled plans to construct a new fiber-optic broadband network in the village of DeForest. The Wisconsin-based telecom company worked with local officials to lay out a plan to expand its serving area in the Village.   

“The Village enthusiastically supports this new fiber optic network project,” states Sam Blahnik, Community Development Director in DeForest. "Our business community needs advanced broadband internet connectivity to expand technology solutions. In addition, the rollout of this network to businesses will also provide connectivity in our residential developments, benefitting the entire community.”  

Once complete, DeForest will be one of the most highly-connected communities in the nation with Gigabit speed offerings to delight telecommuters, telemedicine, and online education computer-users alike. “And let’s not forget gamers and movie enthusiasts,” adds Jim Butman, TDS Telecom president and CEO. “There will be more than enough speed and bandwidth for everyone.”

TDS is currently engineering the network and plans to begin construction of the new fiber optic network this summer. The aggressive project includes installing fiber-to-the-home connections and laying underground fiber in neighborhoods and business parks.

Residents and businesses interested in learning more about TDS and their products can get details at

TDS launched similar next-generation services in nearby Sun Prairie last September. Just last month, TDS announced similar partnerships and plans in McFarland and Oregon, Wisconsin. Following their acquisition of Merrimac Communications, Ltd., TDS also has plans to upgrade the network in Merrimac in order to offer residents and businesses state-of-the-art communications services and solutions.

Media Contact: DeAnne Boegli | National Public Relations Manager | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4428 |  

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS, a growing force in the cable industry, operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig internet access, IPTV service (TDS TV), cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit or

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 1000® company, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services. TDS has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. In 2018, TDS was named to three Forbes lists: America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 9,600 people. Visit

Updated August 2018

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