Network upgrades in southeastern Kentucky
Construction expected to be done in 2018
Construction is now under way to expand and improve broadband to more than 3,100 locations in southeastern Kentucky. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in March in portions of Leslie, Harlan, Perry and Breathitt counties. Construction is expected to be done in 2018.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $2.2 million annually to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Kentucky. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations. The FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) will provide funding to more than 3,100 locations in Leslie, Harlan, Perry and Breathitt counties with hundreds of additional customers to receive benefits from the network upgrade work.
Kentucky residents can visit the TDS website (https://tdstelecom.com/networkupgrades.html) to find out how this federal program may impact their location.
Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3). Under the agreement with the FCC, the remaining customers will receive broadband service at lower speeds of 10/1 and 4/1Mbps.
“We are excited to bring faster connections to customers in portions of Leslie, Harlan, Perry and Breathitt counties,” said Bruce Mottern, manager – State Government Affairs at TDS.
In January, TDS announced it elected to receive approximately $75.1 million a year to increase broadband access in 25 states from the FCC’s A-CAM, under the Connect America Fund (CAF) program. TDS will leverage the funds over the next 10 years to support the buildout of rural broadband networks to nearly 160,000 locations across the country.
TDS has been doing business in Kentucky since 1988 and owns three telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 15 people in Kentucky.