TDS breaks ground on final ARRA stimulus-funded project

The Oklahoma project, near Harden City, Lula, and Pontotoc, is TDS’ final stimulus-funded project to get underway.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) says construction is underway on its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus project in Oklahoma, near the communities of Harden City, Lula, and Pontotoc. Once complete, about 300 customers will gain access to TDS’ high-speed Internet services. [NOTE: See TDS’ Mid-America Telephone company project map by clicking the hyperlink.]

“I’m pleased to announce that all of our ARRA stimulus-funded projects are now underway,” said Ken Paker, vice president of Network Services at TDS. “This is one of the 44 projects we received funding for. It’s our goal to complete this project, along with a majority of the others, by the end of the year. This means about 27,000 households will have access to our reliable, high-speed Internet service before 2014.”

TDS has hired Bear Communications out of Lawrence, Kan. to do the outside construction work on this project. Once the outside work is finished, TDS will complete the inside work. As Paker mentioned, the project is expected to be accessible to customers by the end of the year.

TDS is receiving partial funding for this project from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as part of the ARRA. Last month, TDS announced completion of its project near Orchard Farm, Mo. Two additional TDS stimulus-funded projects are also accessible to a portion of households. These projects, around Chatham, Mich. and Wind Lake, Wis., are also expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 /

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 1,000 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is a rapidly 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

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,900 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,100 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

Updated February 2019

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