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TMCNet:  TDS completes broadband Internet project in Okla., around Cyril, Elgin, Fletcher, Inola, Kellyville

[August 18, 2014]

TDS completes broadband Internet project in Okla., around Cyril, Elgin, Fletcher, Inola, Kellyville

(ENP Newswire Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) ENP Newswire - 18 August 2014 Release date- 15082014 - TDS announces completion of this ARRA broadband stimulus project means high-speed Internet service is now available to businesses and more than 1,350 area households.


TDS Telecom (TDS) announces its broadband Internet project in Oklahoma - around Cyril, Elgin, Fletcher, Inola, and Kellyville - is now complete. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded project makes high-speed Internet accessible to more businesses and about 1,350 area residents (450 more households than projected in TDS' application for funding).

In mid-May, TDS announced a portion of this project, around Kellyville, was complete. Now, the entire project is finished. TDS installed more than 30 miles of fiber optics cabling and 25 cabinets (which protect the advanced network electronics) throughout its Oklahoma Communication Systems, Inc. company. Customers interested in signing up for service can call 888-CALL-TDS (888-225-5837).

This is one of 44 projects 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 more than $4.76 million. The RUS grant covered 75 percent of the cost and TDS invested the remaining 25 percent (nearly $2 million) to expand broadband to more businesses and residents.

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 access to a high-speed Internet connection to more than 31,500 households across the country.

For background information and updates, visit www.tdstelecom.com/stimulus.

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 10,000 people. Visit teldta.com.

For more information, or a high-resolution map, contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecom / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com (c) 2014 Electronic News Publishing -

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