TDS commends FCC for acting on 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 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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