TDS Telecom continued its expansion with the announcement of plans to build a symmetrical 2 Gbps fiber network that will serve the Union County, North Carolina communities of Monroe, Stallings, Wesley Chapel, Indian Trail and Waxhaw.
All told, the 1,600-mile fiber project will offer services to 42,000 residential and 5,500 commercial addresses. The service provider will offer its cloud-based TDS TV+ service and digital phone.
The project will begin by year’s end and be completed in phases. The first homes are expected to be served next year.
“We are thrilled to continue to expand our fiber network in Union County and to make this investment in this private-sector project,” Drew Petersen, TDS’ Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, said in a press release about the TDS North Carolina expansion. “With TDS Fiber, residents of Union County can ready their home for the future.”
TDS, which is based in Madison, WI, says it supports more than 1.2 million connections across the U.S. and employs 2,900 people.
TDS had exited North Carolina in 2015. Its reentry was via an acquisition of Continuum, which was announced in August 2019. The deal had a price tag of $80 million. At the time of the transaction, Continuum passed 36,500 households and employed 70 people.
TDS said this week that it will expand its fiber network in and around Green Bay, WI. The project will add more than 50,000 residential and business addresses in Green Bay, Bellevue and Ashwaubenon. The project is expected to start in the fall.
That announcement was a complement to one made earlier in late September about upgrades to the Green Bay-area communities of Suamico, Howard and Hobart.
In August, TDS made 2 Gbps a standard residential speed for its new markets.