TDS® commends FCC for taking action on Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM)

Rate-of-return carriers, including TDS, are ready for rural broadband expansion.

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously approved — and ordered — the Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) for the nation’s rate-of-return carriers, including TDS®. Implementation on this critical broadband modernization program will begin in January 2017.

The following statement can be attributed to Bob DeBroux, director of Public Policy and Federal Regulatory Affairs for TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS):

                "The Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) for rural rate-of-return carriers, including TDS, is a great illustration of the FCC’s leadership on matters impacting rural broadband expansion. This program, now approved, will result in hundreds of thousands of rural citizens receiving upgraded, broadband connections.

                “Since the release of the FCC’s national broadband plan in 2010, TDS has worked continuously with FCC Commissioners, their staff and our federal trade associations to create a plan that allows for the expansion of rural networks served by rate-of-return companies, including TDS. Ultimately, this program will ensure more people have access to improved broadband service and more reliable speeds.

                “Today’s decision represents the culmination of those efforts. It also marks the beginning of a ten-year plan to modernize rural broadband availability and affordability in many of the nation’s most hard-to-serve areas.

                “TDS commends the commissioners and staff at the FCC for dedicating the time and effort, on a bi-partisan basis, to solve this vexing problem — the lack of sufficient and reliable access to broadband. This monumental decision will have an extremely positive impact on our rural customers, the communities we serve, and our employees who build these critical broadband networks.”  

Media Contact: Drew Petersen | Vice President of External Affairs and Communications | TDS Telecom | 608-664-4155 |

TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom/TDS®), a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S and a growing force in the cable industry. TDS provides 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. For residential customers, TDS deploys 1Gig internet access, IPTV service, cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. The company offers businesses advanced solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit or

Headquartered in Madison, Wis., TDS Telecom operates OneNeck IT Solutions LLC and BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. Combined, the company employs more than 3,400 people.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately six million customers nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service LLC. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. employs 10,300 people. Visit

Updated March 2017

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