TDS receives $1.2M grant from New NY Broadband Program

EDWARDS, N.Y. (Feb. 1, 2018) — In an effort to bring high-speed internet access to all New York residents, Governor Cuomo announced the New NY Broadband Program will award TDS Telecom (TDS®) nearly $1M to upgrade services in portions of its Edwards Telephone Company. TDS will invest just over $300,000 in the project which includes deploying fiber-to-the-home using Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network technology to deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps.

Collectively, TDS will allocate the $1.2M Last Mile funds to improve the overall fiber-optic network for more than 350 households in parts of St. Lawrence County, including those residing in Edwards and Hermon.

The following statement can be attributed to Drew Petersen, SVP of Corporate Affairs at TDS Telecom:

    “TDS is thrilled to be receiving targeted state support to further improve and strengthen our     broadband connectivity in New York. Our customers will be the true beneficiary of this grant,     which will ensure faster and more reliable internet service.

    “We applaud the state of New York on creating this cutting-edge program to ensure New York     residents have perhaps the most robust network in the country. We are proud to receive     funding to do our part helping the Governor accomplish his goal of delivering reliable, high-speed     internet service to all New Yorkers.

    “This type of public-private partnership stimulates economic development and educational     enrichment.”

Combined with Phase I and Phase II funding from the New York broadband program, TDS is receiving more than $21.5M to fortify its broadband service across the state of New York.

Media Contact: Cindy Tomlinson | Associate Manager - Public Relations | TDS | 608-664-4471 |

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS, a growing force in the cable industry, operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig internet access, IPTV service (TDS TV), cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit or

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 1000® company, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services. TDS has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. In 2018, TDS was named to three Forbes lists: America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 9,600 people. Visit

Updated August 2018

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