TDS challenges Metrocast with 1 Gbps, IPTV in Alton, N.H.

TDS Telecom is going to be lighting up its 1 Gbps FTTH and IPTV service to customers in Alton, N.H. and surrounding communities, continuing its broadband push into Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets.

TDS's move into New Hampshire will put it in competition with Metrocast, which offers broadband service topping out around 75 Mbps.

Similar to other new communities like Tipton, Ind. where it launched service earlier this year, TDS will launch its Fiberville program in these communities. Once 15 percent of a neighborhood pre-registers for TDS TV service, neighborhoods will achieve "Fiberville" status and each pre-registered household receives free HD for life and free installation.

Beginning early next year, the telco expects to start offering the service to customers in Alton and a number nearby communities, including New Durham, Barnstead, Center Barnstead and Gilmanton.

Leveraging Ericsson's (NASDAQ: ERIC) Mediaroom platform, TDS TV features over 260 all-digital channels (including 100+ in HD), on-demand TV and movies, pay-per-view, and on-the-go viewing options with TDS TV Everywhere. With TDS TV Everywhere, customers can watch movies, shows, and live content for free from their mobile devices.

New Hampshire has been a prime target for TDS Telecom's FTTH and IPTV services. Having already launched the services in Hillsborough and Henniker, the telco announced in August it would offer these services in Warner and Bradford, N.H., and surrounding communities.

The planned launch of these new N.H. communities is part of a broader initiative to launch IPTV and FTTH service in seven new markets. TDS TV has been launched in over 20 markets, enabling 147,000 service addresses, or roughly 20 percent of its footprint.

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