TDS launching network upgrades across America
Across America TDS is expanding and improving its network. More than 94% of TDS customers have broadband today; however, the remaining customers are in hard to reach areas of the country located in rural, geographically challenging areas. As you can expect, these areas are more costly to connect, but help is on the way!
Using a combination of funding sources from TDS, the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM), and from several state broadband expansion grants (Calif., Minn., NY, and Wis.) – TDS and its employees are now working to connect customers and improve internet speeds in the hardest to reach areas of TDS' serving area.
TDS is also working to increase internet speeds in nearly all of its regular serving areas, launching increased speeds from 300 mbps up to 1Gig across the country.
To find out what services are being offered in your state, click below:
FCC A-CAM Network Upgrade FAQs
- What is A-CAM?
The FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) program provides funding to carriers to help support broadband development in areas that are hilly, wooded or rural. There are currently 182 companies, including TDS, receiving $5.283 billion for rural broadband expansion to unserved and underserved areas of the United States.
In January 2017, TDS elected to accept approximately $75.1 million a year for the next 10 years from the FCC’s A-CAM program and will work to systematically build out services to census blocks that have been identified by the FCC that cannot receive at least 10Mbps/Mbps or better from TDS. If areas have higher than 10Mbps they are not eligible for A-CAM support.
- When did TDS begin work on the buildout?
Immediately following the FCC offer announcement in 2017, TDS developed a timeline, began hiring contractors, and developed construction plans for more than 1,600 projects, in 25 states over the next 10 years. TDS is currently working on an upgrade project in all 25 states. We are nearly two years into this project with still eight years of work ahead.
- How were buildout areas determined?
The FCC determined the areas eligible for broadband expansions. The FCC then extended offers of funding to TDS and other carriers across the country.
- Why did TDS accept funding from the FCC?
Due to low-density population, mountainous, hilly or wooded terrains, the cost to build out broadband service in rural communities is expensive. Participating in the FCC's A-CAM program enables TDS to bring faster, more reliable internet service to households in otherwise very expensive-to-serve areas.
- State broadband expansion grants
TDS has successfully received additional broadband funding from state broadband grant programs in: California, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin. These grants allow TDS to improve broadband services for additional customers in these states.
- Before we begin construction
TDS will notify the local locator network to find out exactly where the underground facilities are located. If you have any private underground facilities such as dog fencing, sprinkler systems, private power lines, drain tiles, or anything else, please clearly mark those prior to starting construction.