TDS Breaks Ground on Final ARRA Stimulus-Funded Project

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The Oklahoma project, near Harden City, Lula, and Pontotoc, is TDS’ final stimulus-funded project to get underway.

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I’m pleased to announce that all of our ARRA stimulus-funded projects are now underway. It’s our goal to complete this project, along with a majority of the others, by the end of the year.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) says construction is underway on its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus project in Oklahoma, near the communities of Harden City, Lula, and Pontotoc. Once complete, about 300 customers will gain access to TDS’ high-speed Internet services. [NOTE: See TDS’ Mid-America Telephone company project map by clicking the hyperlink.]

“I’m pleased to announce that all of our ARRA stimulus-funded projects are now underway,” said Ken Paker, vice president of Network Services at TDS. “This is one of the 44 projects we received funding for. It’s our goal to complete this project, along with a majority of the others, by the end of the year. This means about 27,000 households will have access to our reliable, high-speed Internet service before 2014.”

TDS has hired Bear Communications out of Lawrence, Kan. to do the outside construction work on this project. Once the outside work is finished, TDS will complete the inside work. As Paker mentioned, the project is expected to be accessible to customers by the end of the year.

TDS is receiving partial funding for this project from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as part of the ARRA. Last month, TDS announced completion of its project near Orchard Farm, Mo. Two additional TDS stimulus-funded projects are also accessible to a portion of households. These projects, around Chatham, Mich. and Wind Lake, Wis., are also expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. Headquartered in Madison, Wis. it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. Today, TDS has nearly 1 million customer connections in service and 2,500 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit or for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) which consists of OneNeck IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit,,, and for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through its business units, TDS Telecommunications Corp., U.S. Cellular®, and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,700 people. For investment information, visit

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