High Speed Internet Coming to Parts of Wood and Portage Counties in Wisconsin

 

 

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • TDS Telecommunications

MADISON, WI — TDS Telecom is expanding its fiber network and bringing high-speed internet service to new counties in Wisconsin, including Vesper, Auburndale, and Junction City. Residents and businesses impacted by the project will gain access to up to 1 Gbps internet speeds. Service is expected to be available in the fall.

“We’ve already started construction and we’ll be connecting more than 1,000 addresses when the fiber project is complete,” says Erin Danz, director of Marketing at TDS. “In addition, we’re actively working on a variety of other network improvement efforts in the area which will impact our rural customers in Wood and Portage counties.”

New Choice of TV Providers
Along with 1 Gbps internet speeds, the fiber expansion will bring a new choice of TV providers to Vesper, Auburndale and Junction City residents. TDS will be offering its all-digital TV service, TDS TV for the first time in these communities. The all-digital service, already available elsewhere in Wisconsin, includes a variety of industry-leading features and includes a Connected-Home DVR, which links all TVs together in a home giving full DVR functionality and programming access to each set-top box.

TDS TV is available to business customers in the fiber footprint, and they can also order one gigabit internet, dedicated fiber connections, and TDS managed IP, a hosted VoIP communications solution.

The rural network improvement projects, which are also in progress, are expected to be available to customers by the end of this year or early next year. Depending on location, the majority of eligible rural customers will receive broadband speeds of up to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3).

The fiber network expansion is being fully funded by TDS while the other upgrade projects are being funded with help from the Federal Communication Commission’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) program.

 

 

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