ENP Newswire - 15 October 2013
Release date- 14102013 - TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) announces part of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded broadband Internet project in Cass County, around Hackensack and Backus, Minn., is now accessible to some residents and businesses.
Construction on the stimulus-funded project will continue and should wrap up by the end of the year. Once complete, about 900 residents in Cass County will have access to a high-speed Internet connection. This includes customers living around Pequot Lakes, Pine River, Graf, Swanburg, and Oshawa.
Nearly 90 miles of fiber optics cabling is being installed and 19 cabinets (which protect the advanced network electronics) are being placed throughout TDS' Arvig Telephone Company exchange to provide high-speed Internet access to more households and businesses. TDS will alert customers when the service is accessible.
TDS is receiving funding for 44 projects, including this one in Minnesota, from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as part of the ARRA.
Nationwide, more than 95 percent of TDS customers already have access to high-speed Internet service. TDS is intent on providing as many remaining customers with broadband connectivity as possible. According to TDS, federal stimulus funds are helping to close the gap and deliver Internet connectivity to more than 20,000 customers.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. Headquartered in Madison, Wis. it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. Today, TDS has nearly 1 million customer connections in service and 2,500 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com for more information.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) which consists of OneNeck IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, visi.com, and reliacloud.com for more information.
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500 company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through its business units, TDS Telecommunications Corp., U.S. Cellular, and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,700 people. For investment information, visit teldta.com.
For background information and updates, visit www.tdstelecom.com/stimulus.
For more information, or a high-resolution map, contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / email@example.com
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