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TDS® receives nearly $3.9M in stimulus funds to expand broadband access in Alabama

01/25/2010

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DeAnne Boegli, National Public Relations Manager
TDS Telecommunications Corp.
608-664-4428 / deanne.boegli@tdstelecom.com

MADISON, Wis. (Jan. 25, 2010) — Today, TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) received notification from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that its application to expand broadband Internet services to TDS customers in the Grove Hill, Ala. area has been approved. TDS will receive $3,892,919 to expand its services within Clarke County.

“We’ve been anticipating additional market announcements. We are pleased our application for Alabama is being funded and look forward to expanding broadband services in our serving area,” says Dave Wittwer, president and CEO for TDS. “This project will help to grow the local economy and delight our rural Alabama customers, who are the true beneficiaries of today’s announcement.”

Earlier today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of fourteen Recovery Act Broadband Infrastructure projects that will receive $309,923,352 through funding made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. An additional $3,551,887 in private investment brings the total to $313,475,239. Altogether, Congress awarded USDA $2.5 billion in Recovery Act funding to help bring broadband services to rural un-served and underserved communities.

In total, TDS applied for 13 grants in nine states; received positive notification for one grant in Chatham, Mich. in Dec. 2009 and is optimistic its remaining 11 applications in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Oregon, will also be fully funded.

TDS is experienced at providing rural areas with broadband. In fact, more than 93 percent of its customers (in 30 states) already have access to high-speed Internet services. TDS is intent on connecting its remaining customers with broadband connectivity and federal stimulus funds will assist in closing that gap.

“Certainly this project in Alabama exemplifies the need for high-speed Internet connections in rural America,” says Andrew Petersen, director of external affairs and communications for TDS. “TDS is delighted to receive the $3.9 million award and looks forward to beginning construction to expand Internet services to more customers in southwestern Alabama.”

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NOTE: Additional, related/historical news releases include: USDA announcement, TDS announces its application for stimulus funds and availability of a summary of the applications.

 

TDS Telecommunications Corp. markets communication services to business and residential customers in 30 states through its brands TDS Telecom® and TDS Metrocom®. With 1.1 million access line equivalents in service, TDS Telecommunications Corp. connects customers to phone, broadband, and digital television service in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS Telecommunications Corp. is the eighth-largest wire line company in the nation; employing approximately 2,600 people. The company is headquartered in Madison, Wis.  Visit www.tdstelecom.com  and www.tdsbusiness.com for more information.  Connect on Twitter @tdstelecom and Facebook.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to nearly 7.4 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular®, its 82-percent owned wireless subsidiary.  Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 11,800 people as of Sept. 30, 2009. Visit www.teldta.com for more information.

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