FCC adopts additional funding for rural broadband

The Federal Communications Commission at their December open meeting took action on a critical rural broadband item important to TDS Telecom and its customers.

The following statement can be attributed to Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS Telecommunications:

“Today, the FCC further recognized the importance of investing in rural broadband services by adopting an Order offering additional funding to carriers, such as TDS Telecom, who currently receive model-based Universal Service support in exchange for deploying broadband services at increased speeds of 25/3 Mbps.

“The additional funding the FCC voted on today will give rural providers such as TDS Telecom much needed additional investment in the type of remote, hard-to-serve areas we serve. We look forward to reviewing and analyzing the specific details of today’s decision.

“Over the last 24 months, TDS Telecom has worked with FCC Commissioners, their staff and federal trade associations to create a plan to allow for further expansion of rural networks served by rate-of-return companies, including TDS.

“The FCC, under Commissioner Ajit Pai, along with his bi-partisan colleagues should be commended for advancing the interests of rural broadband consumers with their actions today.”


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 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 tdstelecom.com.

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 tdsinc.com.

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