Wisconsin rural scene

TDS Telecom is expanding its ongoing network build in Wisconsin with moves into Whitewater and Manitowoc. The company also said that it is breaking ground on its previously announced network in Tomah.

Work on the additional projects is expected to begin soon. TDS will serve about 12,900 addresses in Manitowoc and 3,800 in Whitewater.

The Tomah project is part of the service provider’s western expansion in Wisconsin. That initiative includes Salem, Bangor and Rockland. Work in Tomah initially will focus on laying underground fiber in public utility easements in neighborhoods and business parks.

TDS Telecom offers symmetrical 2 Gbps FTTP service to residential customers and 10 Gbps service to businesses. It offers the TDS TV+ television, phone packages and service bundles.

 “We are excited to bring fast, reliable internet to even more communities in our home state,” said Drew Petersen, TDS Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, said in the press release announcing the expansion. “This major private investment will upgrade infrastructure, help spur further growth, and raise quality of life for thousands of residents.”

In September, TDS announced an expansion to its Wisconsin plans, including the move into Tomah. In addition to that community, the expansion – which the company says will reach 85,000 addresses – includes Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, Kohler, Fond du Lac, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Watertown, Milton, Evansville, Fitchburg, Dodgeville, Mineral Point, Bangor, Rockland, West Salem and Menomonie.

TDS Telecommunications LLC reported third-quarter results earlier this month. The company said that it had increased its footprint by 7% compared to the year-ago quarter and now serves 1.5 million addresses. New TDS fiber markets include Billings, Montana and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

There now are almost 100 communities in the service provider’s expansion program. The company also reported a revenue increase of 2% during the prior year, a 4% increase in residential broadband connections and a 10% increase in residential broadband revenue.

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