TDS Telecom broadband services charge up in Wisconsin

TDS Telecom (NYSE: TDS) is now offering ADSL2+ data services to some residents in Wind Lake, Wis., via its partially-completed broadband stimulus project in the area. It plans to bring more Wind Lake customers and others in nearby Waterford online.

Troy Krantz, manager of Project Implement at TDS, said they "expect a majority of households in the impacted areas will gain access to our service by the end of July."

Following its project in and around Chatham, Mich., the Wind River project is the second where TDS is offering residential broadband services to residents who could not previously get service.

For this project, the telco installed almost 13 miles of fiber cabling and three remote terminal cabinets to house necessary broadband loop carrier equipment throughout TDS Southeast Telephone Co. of Wisconsin's territory to provide DSL services. It will inform customers when the service is available to their particular residence.

TDS continues to make progress with its broadband stimulus projects. Out of all the service providers that applied for federal broadband grants, TDS got funding for 44 projects, including the Wind Lake project, from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public Relations for TDS Telecommunications, told FierceTelecom in an e-mail that "of the 44 projects we've received funding for, 41 are underway. "

Last month, TDS began building new broadband facilities in Kentucky and Mississippi so it can extend broadband services to nearly 1,200 users.  

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