TDS Telecom to FCC: Swift action on Tech Transitions Docket is warranted and welcome

Earlier today (July 10, 2015), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler provided commentary with insights into the important progress the agency is making on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the technology transition.

The following statements can be attributed to Andrew (Drew) Petersen, vice president of External Affairs and Communications at TDS Telecom:

        “TDS has been a strong promoter of competitive choice for broadband and voice services for more than two decades.

        “Chairman Wheeler’s discussion today, highlighting the critical importance of maintaining healthy competition in the commercial telecommunications marketplace, is warranted and welcome.

        “Striking a balance between technology evolution and regulatory modernization is complex. Chairman Wheeler has developed a courageous blueprint which should benefit businesses seeking choice and telecommunication companies pursuing regulatory certainty with their new IP investments.

        “As the technology transition proceeding moves toward decision, TDS—along with many other carriers, trade associations and public interest groups — has urged the commission to scrutinize behavior in this marketplace. Moreover, we have encouraged customers to highlight the benefits of competitive choice for broadband and voice services and share how choice impacts their bottom line. We trust the FCC will value these viewpoints and look forward to the Commission taking action with deliberate speed.”


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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