Wind Lake, Wis. residents: broadband service now available

TDS® announces the ARRA broadband stimulus project is now available to first homes in the area; more residents in Wind Lake and Waterford will gain access to stimulus-funded Internet service throughout the summer months.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) announces its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded broadband Internet project near Wind Lake is now accessible to some residents living in the area. The project, which also includes expanding high-speed Internet service to areas around Waterford, will be available this summer.

“I’m proud to announce we’ve completed part of the stimulus-funded project and that more people now have access to high-speed Internet service,” says Troy Krantz, manager of Project Implement at TDS. “We expect a majority of households in the impacted areas will gain access to our service by the end of July.”

Construction on the stimulus-funded project, around Wind Lake and Waterford, will continue for the next few months. TDS expects to complete the project by year-end.

Nearly 13 miles of fiber optics cabling was installed and three cabinets (which protect the advanced network electronics) were placed throughout TDS’ Southeast Telephone Co. of Wisconsin, LLC to provide high-speed Internet access to more residents. TDS will let customers when the service is accessible.

TDS is receiving funding for 44 projects, including this one, from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as part of the ARRA. This is the second project that TDS is now offering expanded broadband service to residents; the first was in and around Chatham, Mich.

Nationwide, more than 93 percent of TDS customers already have access to high-speed Internet service. TDS is intent on providing as many remaining customers with broadband connectivity as possible. According to TDS, federal stimulus funds are helping to close the gap and deliver Internet connectivity to many more customers.

For more information, visit www.tdstelecom.com/stimulus.

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For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. Headquartered in Madison, Wis. it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. Today, TDS has nearly 1 million customer connections in service and 2,500 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) which consists of OneNeck IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, visi.com, and reliacloud.com for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 7 million customers nationwide through its business units, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecommunications Corp., and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs more than 12,300 people. For investment information, visit teldta.com.

 

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