TDS Telecom (NYSE: TDS) is now delivering service to some customers who reside south of Kingfield, Maine, by partially completing another one of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded broadband Internet projects.
Set to be completed by this summer, the network upgrade will provide broadband service to more than 1,450 residents and businesses in parts of Franklin and Somerset counties.
For this project, TDS' Somerset Telephone Company installed more than 100 miles of fiber cabling and 40 Remote Terminal (RT) cabinets that will house associated Broadband Loop Carrier equipment that deliver service to each user. Similar to other builds, the telco will alert customers when service is available.
TDS Telecom continues to make progress with its 44 broadband stimulus projects, reaching more than 13,000 additional homes with broadband service in January.
Outside of Maine, the telco has recently completed parts of rural network broadband upgrades in Alabama, New Hampshire and its home state of Wisconsin.
When it completes its 44 projects, TDS said it will be able to deliver service to a total of nearly 27,000 homes. Since its deployments use a mix of metro Ethernet transport to VDSL2 and GPON in the last mile, these network builds also can support nearby business customers.
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