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Broadband service available to more homes near Kellyville, Okla.

May 23, 2014



ENP Newswire - 23 May 2014

Release date- 22052014 - TDS announces the ARRA broadband stimulus project is now available to some homes; residents around Cyril, Elgin, Fletcher, and Inola will gain access to high-speed Internet service before summer.

TDS Telecom (TDS) announces part of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded broadband Internet project in Oklahoma - around Kellyville - is accessible to some residents.

Construction on the stimulus-funded project should wrap up early summer. Once complete, about 900 residents will gain access to a high-speed Internet connection, including people living around Cyril, Elgin, Fletcher, and Inola.

Nearly 40 miles of fiber optics cabling is being installed and 25 cabinets (which protect the advanced network electronics) are being placed throughout TDS' Oklahoma Communication Systems company to provide high-speed Internet access to more residents and businesses. TDS will alert customers when service is accessible or customers can call 888-225-5837 to sign up.

TDS is receiving funding for 44 projects, including this one in Oklahoma, 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 households. Already, with ARRA grant funding, TDS has expanded high-speed Internet access to more than 28,000 households across the country.

TDS Telecom, the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.TDS Telecom provides 1.1 million connections to high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services to customers in more than a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS Telecom offers businesses the latest communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., operates OneNeck IT Solutions LLC and TDS Baja Broadband LLC. Combined, the company employs 3,100 people.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500 company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 5.8 million customers nationwide through its subsidiaries TDS Telecom and U.S. Cellular. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employs 10,600 people. 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 Telecom / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com


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