FCC issues revised offer to TDS for additional A-CAM funding

Funding offer would increase broadband speeds in rural areas

On Feb. 25, 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended TDS Telecom (TDS®) and other telecom companies a revised offer to fund additional broadband projects with assistance from the Alternative Connect America Model (A-CAM) program.

The additional funding comes with obligations to increase broadband speeds in rural areas.

The following statement can be attributed to Drew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at TDS Telecom:

“TDS wants to thank the FCC Chair and its Commissioners for the revised offer to fund the Alternative Connect America Model (A-CAM) program. This additional funding would provide our customers faster broadband speeds in rural areas.

“This type of funding stimulates economic development and educational enrichment in rural America. A-CAM funded broadband projects allow TDS to reach communities of low household density in geographically challenged areas. We are actively constructing broadband upgrades in 25 states to nearly 160,000 locations, all funded in part by A-CAM.

“With this additional support, speeds would be increased to the vast majority of our customers to at least 25/3Mbps. In addition, the funding would strengthen our network for future high speed offerings.”

TDS now has 30 days to review and decide whether it will accept it.



 

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