March 07, 2014 — TDS Telecom (TDS®) announces part of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus-funded broadband Internet project in Mississippi, around Leakesville, is accessible to some residents.
Construction on the stimulus-funded project should wrap up this spring. Once complete, about 600 residents will gain access to a high-speed Internet connection.
Fiber optics cabling is being installed and 19 cabinets (which protect the advanced network electronics) are being placed throughout TDS’ Southeast Mississippi Telephone Company, to provide high-speed Internet access to more residents and businesses. 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 Mississippi, 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 27,000 customers.
For background information and updates, visit www.tdstelecom.com/stimulus.