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TDS partially completes Mississippi broadband stimulus project, will bring service to 600 residents

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TDS (NYSE: TDS) has come close to crossing off another broadband stimulus build off its list by nearly completing a project around Leakesville, Miss.

Set to be completed this spring, the project will extend broadband data service to about 600 area residential customers.

It originally announced the Leakesville project last April, with plans to finish the project by the end of the year. The service provider, which contracted MasTec North America to do construction on the project, did not indicate why it is only now near completion.

TDS' Southeast Mississippi Telephone Company is installing fiber cabling and 19 remote terminal (RT) cabinets to connect customers to the service.

Similar to other areas where it is expanding its broadband availability through broadband stimulus funding, TDS will alert customers when service is available or customers can call 888-225-5837 to sign up.

In addition to Leakesville, fellow Mississippi subsidiary Calhoun City Telephone Company Inc. received a $2.96 million rural utilities service (RUS) grant to expand broadband service in Calhoun City.

Outside of Mississippi, TDS has made progress with other broadband stimulus projects in Kentucky, Maine and its home state of Wisconsin, which will collectively bring broadband service to another 3,500 new customers that were too difficult to serve.  

For more:
- see the release

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