Bringing broadband to rural America; TDS construction in full swing
TDS is expanding and improving its broadband network to bring faster internet to even more rural customers. In fact, with funding from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) and state broadband expansion grants, nearly 160,000 addresses will benefit in the following states:
- New Hampshire
- New York*
- South Carolina
*State broadband expansion grants in addition to FCC A-CAM grants
TDS customers in the impacted areas will experience faster and improved broadband speeds. TDS appreciates the support of the FCC and members of Congress for approving funding to expand broadband in rural America. Read about network projects in progress.
Broadband Network Upgrade FAQs
- When did TDS begin work on the buildout?
The FCC announced A-CAM award recipients in 2017. Immediately, TDS developed a timeline, began hiring contractors, and set plans into motion to complete the projects within 10 years, as required by the FCC.
- How were buildout areas determined?
The FCC reviewed its own models and determined the areas eligible for broadband expansions. The FCC then extended offers of funding to TDS and other carriers across the country. On Jan. 24, 2017, TDS accepted the FCC offer.
- Why did TDS elect for funding from the FCC?
Due to low-density population, mountainous, hilly or wooded terrains, the cost to build out broadband service in rural, isolated communities is expensive. Participating in the FCC's A-CAM program enables TDS to bring faster, more reliable internet service to households in these otherwise very expensive-to-serve areas.
- State broadband expansion grants
TDS has successfully received additional broadband funding from several state broadband grant programs, including: California, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin. These grants allow TDS to expand efforts and to improve broadband services for additional customers in these states.