TDS completes broadband internet project in Arizona

TDS announces completion of its final ARRA broadband stimulus project.

TDS Telecom (TDS®) announces the completion of their final American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded project. Of the 44 projects TDS received funding for, starting in 2009, this final project in Arizona ensures area businesses and nearly 950 households have access to high-speed internet service.

TDS installed nearly 17 miles of fiber optics cabling and twelve cabinets (which protect the advanced network electronics) throughout TDS’ Arizona Tel. company, which serves parts of Blue Ridge, Happy Jack, Mormon Lake, Dateland, Hyder, and Sasabe. Customers interested in signing up for service can call 888-CALL-TDS (888-225-5837).

Nationwide, more than 95 percent of TDS customers already have access to high-speed Internet service. To bridge the gap and expand services to even more customers, earlier this year, TDS elected to receive $75.1 million from the FCC’s Alternative Connect American Cost Model. Once the 10-year project is complete, nearly 160,000 homes in 25 states will have faster, and more reliable, internet service.

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Media Contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations | TDS Telecom | 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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