TDS completes part of 900-home Minnesota broadband stimulus build

TDS Telecom (NYSE: TDS) has finished part of a broadband stimulus-funded project in Cass County, around Hackensack and Backus, Minn.

Set to be completed by the end of the year, this project will extend broadband services to about 900 residents. It will serve customers living around Pequot Lakes, Pine River, Graf, Swanburg, and Oshawa.

To support this project, TDS Telecom is installing almost 90 miles of fiber cabling and 19 remote terminal (RT) cabinets throughout its Arvig Telephone Company subsidiary exchange. As it has done in other areas where it conducting similar projects, it will inform customers when service is accessible.

This buildout follows recent projects it is conducting in four other states, including parts of Indiana, New Hampshire and Wisconsin and Port Byron, N.Y.

Like those projects, the work in Minnesota targets small cities and towns. Backus and Hackensack, according to recent census data, had a population of 250 and 313 people, respectively.

The telco received over 44 financial grants, including this one in Minnesota, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

For more:
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