November 26, 2013 — TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) announces part of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded broadband Internet project by Paonia, Colorado is now accessible to some residents.
Construction on the stimulus-funded project will continue and should wrap up in January 2014. Once complete, about 540 area residents will have access to a high-speed Internet connection.
About 12 miles of fiber optics cabling is being installed and 12 cabinets (which protect the advanced network electronics) are being placed throughout TDS’ Delta County Tele-Comm, Inc., to provide high-speed Internet access to more residents. TDS will alert customers when service is accessible or customers can call 888-225-5837 to sign up.
TDS is receiving funding for 44 projects, including this one in Colorado, from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as part of the ARRA.
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 to more than 20,000 customers.
For background information and updates, visit www.tdstelecom.com/stimulus.