TDS completes acquisition of Merrimac Communications in Merrimac, Wis.

With the transaction complete, TDS is ready to begin transitioning customers.

MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 1, 2018) — TDS Metrocom, LLC a subsidiary of TDS Telecom (TDS®), announces it has purchased the communications network and business operations of Merrimac Communications, Ltd. in Merrimac, Wis. TDS will immediately begin working to transition customers and planning improvements to the network, which passes more than 6,000 homes.

“We look forward to serving the customers of Merrimac Communications and transitioning them to TDS’ state-of-the-art solutions,” states Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS. “As we invest in the network, customers will begin enjoying some of the fastest, most reliable communications services in the state. This, in turn, will help accelerate growth and economic development throughout the region.”

In November 2017, TDS announced they had signed a purchase agreement to acquire Merrimac Communications. The company provides cable TV, internet, and phone service to thousands of residents and businesses in parts of Sauk, Columbia, and Dane counties, including:

  • Towns of Merrimac, Caledonia, Sumpter, Prairie du Sac, Roxbury, Mazomanie, Greenfield, and West Point
  • Villages of Sauk City, Prairie du Sac, and Merrimac

TDS' plans include launching TDS TV® service and further building out the fiber optic network to serve more area residents.

Today's announcement follows a series of recent acquisitions by TDS. In May 2017, TDS purchased the Sun Prairie Utilities fiber network in Sun Prairie, Wis. Within months, TDS had completed a network upgrade and launched new fiber- to-the-home services. TDS has also expanded its cable portfolio over the past 12 months, with purchases of the communications networks and businesses of Crestview Cable Communications in Central Oregon and K2 Communications, LLC in Mead, Colo.  

The Pat Thompson Co. assisted Merrimac Communications with this transaction. Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

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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