TDS Telecommunications is expanding its broadband fiber footprint in Wisconsin with planned deployments to 85,000 homes and businesses in 18 communities.

Communities that are part of the project are Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, Kohler, Fond du Lac, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Watertown, Milton, Evansville, Fitchburg, Dodgeville, Mineral Point, Bangor, Rockland, West Salem, Tomah and Menomonie.

Network speeds will be as fast a 2 Gbps. The service offers all-digital TDS TV+, phone packages and service bundles.

Construction in some of these communities will begin this year. Meanwhile, previous announcements have been made – and in some cases work started — in Green Bay, Oshkosh, Appleton, Brookfield, New Berlin, Janesville, Onalaska, Altoona, Sparta, Eau Claire, and Chippewa Falls.

“As a longtime Wisconsin company, we are so excited to serve even more communities in our home state,” Drew Petersen, TDS Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, said in a press release. “The pandemic has shown the importance of having fast, reliable internet. We’re proud our fiber networks will help boost a critical part of the infrastructure and improve residents’ quality of life.”

TDS Telecom, which is based in Madison, WI, provides broadband, TV and phone service to more than 1,100 rural and suburban communities across the U.S. The company says that it is investing almost $1 billion in Wisconsin.

TDS Telecom has been active in deploying fiber in Wisconsin:

In May, the company broke ground on a network in Eau Clair. The company had signed a memorandum of understanding with the city in August 2021 to build a network reaching more than 30,000 addresses. In April 2020, the company said it was planning fiber projects in Altoona and Chippewa Falls to reach 10,000 homes.

Later In May, TDS said that it would expand its presence in Waukesha County with a project in New Berlin. The plan was to bring 2 Gbps to homes and 10 Gbps dedicated fiber connections to businesses. About 17,000 addresses were to be passed by the project.

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