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.