Hurricane winds collapse TDS communications tower at summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine

Sugarloaf mountain tower collapse

A communications tower on the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Maine was severely damaged by hurricane strength winds yesterday afternoon. The tower is owned by Somerset Telephone Company d/b/a TDS Telecom and hosts several cellular phone carriers, as well as other third party communication services.

At this time, TDS officials are working a coordinated effort to assess impacts and contact carriers who license facilities on the tower.

Due to harsh winter weather conditions at the summit all TDS employees, contractors and carrier agents must wait to approach until winds reduce to safer levels, perhaps later Tuesday or Wednesday.

The two-story building under the tower site remains operational with power and heat according to data being collected from the unmanned site, but the condition of the building structure is yet unknown.

Once conditions improve, a full site evaluation will be conducted and plans for tower restoration will begin.


Photo credits: Pete Lyons and Trevor Dakers



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

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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