TDS Telecom to improve broadband to nearly 2700 locations
TDS Telecom started work to expand and improve broadband to nearly 2,700 locations in Craig County, Vancouver, US. TDS Telecom (TDS) began work in January in the New Castle Telephone Company coverage area. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2018. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated an average of USD 2.3 million a year for the next 10 years to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Virginia. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations. The FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) will provide funding to 1,267 locations and the remaining customers will also receive benefits from this network upgrade.
Virginia residents can visit the TDS website to find out how this federal programme may impact their location. Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25/3 Mbps. Under the agreement with the FCC, the remaining customers will receive broadband service at lower speeds of 10/1 and 4/1Mbps. In January, TDS elected to receive approximately USD 75.1 million a year to increase broadband access in 25 states from the FCC’s A-CAM, under the Connect America Fund (CAF) programme.
TDS will leverage the funds over the next 10 years to support the buildout of rural broadband networks to nearly 160,000 locations across the country. TDS has been doing business in Virginia since 1974 and owns three telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 13 people in Virginia.