MADISON, Wis. (January 22, 2019)—The city of Stevens Point granted final approval to TDS Telecom’s (TDS®) plan to install a high-speed fiber optic-network for residents within the city limits. The proposal, greenlit last week by the finance committee, received the city council’s full support at Monday’s open session. Construction on the approximately $12-15 million network will begin this spring with the first customers connected in the fall.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to be growing with Stevens Point,” says Drew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at TDS. “It’s a tech-savvy, forward-thinking community and we’re confident residents will embrace the possibilities that world-class internet speeds will bring for entertainment, education, business, and even healthcare.”
When completed, the network will deliver residential internet speeds up to one gigabit along with the company’s full-featured TDS TV® and phone service. Area businesses can order up to one gigabit internet, dedicated fiber connections, and TDS’ hosted VoIP business phone solution, managedIP. The project is expected to connect more than 8,200 Stevens Point homes and 900 businesses.
“When TDS approached us with this opportunity we quickly realized all of the potential benefits,” says Mike Wiza, Mayor of Stevens Point. “Partnering with a Wisconsin company with a proven track record for success means residents will benefit from greater choice and faster internet speeds.”
Stevens Point is located approximately 110 miles north of Madison and is the largest city in Portage County, with a population of about 27,000. Its home to a University of Wisconsin campus and is adjacent to the TDS-served communities of Mosinee, Junction City, and Vesper.
Residents and businesses interested in learning more about TDS products can visit www.tdsfiber.com. TDS launched similar state-of-the-art services in Sun Prairie, Wis. and is actively building fiber networks in the Dane County communities of Oregon, McFarland, Cottage Grove, Windsor, and DeForest.
“We’re very committed to bringing advanced technology and service options to underserved communities,” says Petersen. “Our investment in Stevens Point is certainly proof of that dedication and we look forward to being a strong community partner in the years to come.”
TDS will be hiring for a variety of different positions in the area. Those interested in applying can watch for opportunities on the TDS Careers page in the coming months.