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®) 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

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs 3,400 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. 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

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