TDS Telecom (NYSE: TDS) has started construction on a broadband stimulus project in three rural areas served by its subsidiary Arizona Telephone Company.
Detail of TDS' planned broadband buildouts. (Source: USDA Broadband Mapping Tool / TDS)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) project will focus on providing broadband service to about 600 customers, including those that reside near the Gila Bend Mountains, the Coconino National Forest, and the state's southern border.
Outside network construction will be conducted by TelCom Construction. When the outside work is completed, TDS will complete the installation of network electronics, including fiber, remote DSLAMs and Digital Loop Carrier (DLCs) to deliver the services to area homes.
TDS said that customers will be able to get ADSL2+ service by the fall of 2014.
Arizona is one of 44 of TDS Telecom's broadband stimulus projects that are leveraging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) funding.
The telco has also begun broadband stimulus projects in other rural areas it serves, including Chatham, Mich., Wind Lake, Wis., Kentucky and Mississippi.
- see the release
- and a map of the project (.pdf)
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