TDS celebrates World Wide Web Day

Aug. 1 marks 27 years since the birth of the World Wide Web

In honor of the birth of the most used and legally addictive service they provide, TDS Telecom is celebrating World Wide Web day on Aug. 1.

It has been 27 years since the World Wide Web was founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist. Today, there are an estimated 3.2 billion internet users worldwide and web access is growing faster than ever. From 2000 to 2015, the number of internet users grew seven-fold from 6.5 percent to 43 percent globally.

“Without the web our lives would look drastically different,” said Kevin Hess, executive vice president of TDS Telecom. “Communication across borders would be hindered, or dramatically slower without this tool.”

Hess continued, “TDS is proud to be a leader in delivering advanced communications services, such as high speed internet, to help facilitate customer enjoyment of the web, greater transparency of government and business, and real-time communications.”

In 1989, Berners-Lee proposed a plan for what would eventually become the web. His original document “Information Management: A Proposal” was not immediately accepted. Many thought giving the general public access to the internet would be insane because it was mainly used by scientists and scholars.

In fact, his proposal was dubbed “vague but exciting” by his manager at CERN, a particle physics laboratory in Switzerland. Although it was not an official CERN project, Berners-Lee was given time to work on and further develop his proposal. In 1990, the first web pages were posted on the internet. Then, in 1991, members of the general public had the first opportunity to begin using the web. And the rest is history.

Through its broadband services, TDS Telecom leverages technology and its networks to enable customers to access the web for work, pleasure and many other functions.

On its 27th birthday, use of the World Wide Web continues to expand as TDS and other communications companies work to ensure near universal access. For more information on the history of the web check out the webfoundation.org. For more facts about web usage, search “ICT Facts and Figures” on itu.int.

Media Contact: Joan Lawlor | Public Relations & Communications Intern | TDS Telecom | 608-664-8596 | joan.lawlor@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) delivers high-speed internet, TV entertainment, and phone services to nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across the U.S. With more than 1.2 million connections, TDS is one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States. Powered by fiber-optics and new industry-leading technologies, TDS delivers up to 1 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 tdstelecom.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs nearly 2,700 people and is a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company. Founded in 1969, TDS Inc. employs 9,400 people and has approximately six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. TDS Inc. has been named to several Forbes lists, including America's Best Employers for Diversity, Best Large Employers, and Best Employers for Women. Visit tdsinc.com.

Updated February 2019

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