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UPDATE: TDS completes broadband Internet project around Wyandotte, Okla.

June 27, 2014



ENP Newswire - 27 June 2014

Release date- 26062014 - TDS announces the ARRA broadband stimulus project is complete; high-speed Internet service now available to businesses and nearly 200 area households.

TDS Telecom (TDS) announces its broadband Internet project around Wyandotte, Oklahoma is now complete. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded project makes high-speed Internet service accessible to businesses and nearly 200 area residents.

In late May, TDS announced a portion of this project, around Wyandotte, was complete. Now, the entire project is finished. TDS installed fiber optics cabling and four cabinets (which protect the advanced network electronics) throughout its Oklahoma Communication Systems company to provide high-speed Internet access to more residents and businesses. Customers interested in signing up for services should call 888-CALL-TDS (888-225-5837).

This is one of 44 projects that TDS is receiving funding for from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as part of the ARRA. TDS projected the cost at nearly $950,000. The RUS grant covered 75 percent of the cost and TDS invested the remaining 25 percent (about $235,000) to expand broadband service.

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. With the help of ARRA funding, TDS has already expanded high-speed Internet service access to more than 30,500 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 1000 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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