TDS is bringing faster Broadband to Rural America.
Over the next 10 years, TDS will expand and improve its broadband network to bring fast, reliable Internet to more of its rural customers.
In fact nearly 160,000 locations and 25 states will benefit from a network expansion, which is made possible by funding from the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Alternative Connect America Cost Model also known as the Connect America Fund (CAF). The result: most TDS customers in rural areas (depending on location), will experience 25Mbps Internet (3Mbps upload), guaranteed.
Final engineering and network deployment details are being finalized now. Enter your address in the map below to see if your location is included in this project. As start dates are established for specific communities the map will be updated with timeline information. Check back for future updates.
Broadband Network Upgrade FAQS
- When will TDS begin working on the buildout?
The buildout will begin in the first quarter of 2017 and continue for approximately 10 years. One buildout project in each of the 25 states will begin this year. Starting in 2018, future buildout will be prioritized until the project is completed and timelines will be updated on this website.
- How were buildout areas decided?
The FCC reviewed its own models and determined the areas that were eligible for support. The FCC extended an offer to TDS in the locations that TDS serves and TDS was then offered ACAM support. TDS then reviewed designs for all the communities that TDS serves. On Jan. 24, 2017, TDS accepted the FCC offer.
- Why did TDS elect for funding from the FCC?
The cost to build out broadband service in these rural isolated communities is very high. By participating in the CAF program TDS is able to bring faster Internet to more households.
- What is the job impact to our community?
Jobs will certainly be created and/or companies hired to assist us with the implementation of the buildout plans.
- How long will it take once you start?
TDS has 10 years to complete the entire project. However, we hope to complete this project earlier than this deadline.