TDS Telecom completes part of Alabama broadband stimulus build

TDS Telecom (NYSE: TDS) has completed a part of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) -funded broadband Internet project around Center and Cedar Bluff, Ala., making services accessible to some residents living in the area.

When construction is completed by the end of this year, the project will extend broadband DSL services to about 1,200 area residents.

For this project, the telco is installing about 58 miles of fiber cabling and 22 RT(remote terminal) cabinets to house associated broadband loop carrier (BLC) equipment throughout its Peoples Telephone Company subsidiary.

TDS said it will alert customers when the service is accessible.

The service provider has been steadily completing a number of the 44 broadband stimulus projects for which it has secured ARRA funding. Since July, TDS Telecom has completed projects in five states, including Indiana, New York, Georgia, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Although TDS can deliver DSL service to over 95 percent of its nationwide customer base, it said the stimulus funding will enable it to bring service to over 20,000 customers in areas that have been traditionally hard to prove a business case to serve.

For more:
- see the release

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