We are officially half-way through the pre-bid meetings,” says Larry Boehm, director of Network Implementation and Optimization for TDS. “Our teams are focused on getting high-speed Internet services to our customers as soon as possible.
Madison, WI (PRWEB) February 28, 2012
In the last week, TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) hosted pre-bid meetings in Idaho, Tennessee, and Washington. The purpose: To outline construction projects that will expand broadband access to more than 2,500 rural customers. Contractors from 51 telecom construction companies participated in the pre-bid meetings, getting details to bid on TDS’ broadband Internet expansion projects.
The projects are funded, in part, by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act via the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS). In total, TDS is receiving funding for 44 projects from the RUS to deliver broadband Internet services to more than 27,000 households.
Since mid-January, TDS has held pre-bid meetings for 21 of their projects regarding the construction of stimulus-funded Internet expansion networks. In addition, construction is already underway on the first project TDS received funds for in Chatham, Michigan.
“We are officially half-way through the pre-bid meetings,” says Larry Boehm, director of Network Implementation and Optimization for TDS. “Our teams are focused on getting high-speed Internet services to our customers as soon as possible. That means everything must move quickly, including getting bids quickly from interested contractors. Ideally, contracts will be awarded by the end of March and construction will start this spring.”
Today, more than 93 percent of TDS customers nationwide have Internet access. The remaining seven percent reside in mostly rural areas that push the limits of technology which makes it difficult, albeit nearly impossible, to develop a solid business case for deploying broadband. ARRA funds are providing companies, like TDS, an opportunity to expand broadband services to people currently without access to a reliable high-speed Internet connection.
More details about TDS’ stimulus funded Internet projects can be found at http://www.tdstelecom.com/MediaRoom/StimulusFunding.aspx.
In February 2009, Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; it was signed by President Obama shortly after passage. In August 2009, TDS submitted 13 applications for broadband funding. In December 2009 and January 2010, TDS was awarded two grants totaling $12.5 million from the RUS (one of the two federal agencies administering the federal broadband stimulus program) to expand broadband access in Chatham, Mich. and Butler, Ala.
In March 2010, TDS submitted 46 applications for round two funding consideration. In August, TDS was awarded 42 grants (including the four Ind. projects and the Mich. project) bringing the company’s total awards to 44 and nearly $136 million to expand high-speed Internet services in 20 states. Engineering firms were selected and announced in February 2011, and now pre-bid meetings are taking place. Construction on many sites will begin this spring. Most networks will be completed in 2012 and the remaining in 2013. Complete details at http://www.tdstelecom.com/MediaRoom/StimulusFunding.aspx.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest telecom provider in the U.S. For more than 40 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 30 states. Today, TDS has more than 1.1 million equivalent access lines in service and 2,700 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP) phone service, dedicated Internet, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit http://www.tdstelecom.com or http://www.tdsbusiness.com for more information.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of VISI Incorporated, TEAM Technologies, and OneNeck IT Services Corp. through TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC. These companies employ more than 350 people who specialize in providing hosted application management, managed hosting, cloud services, and next generation data centers. Visit http://www.visi.com, http://www.team-companies.com, and http://www.oneneck.com for details.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. headquartered in Madison, Wis. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 500® company, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM], its majority owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 people as of Dec. 31, 2011. Visit http://www.teldta.com for investor information.