Construction is now under way to expand and improve broadband to 671 locations in Beaver Island, Mich. TDS Telecom (TDS®) began work in January with the first phase of the work expected to be completed in mid-year.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $3.3 million each year to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Michigan. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations. The FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model (A-CAM) will provide funding to 671 locations on Beaver Island.
Michigan residents can visit the TDS website to find out how this federal program may impact their location.
Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3). Under the agreement with the FCC, the remaining customers will receive broadband service at lower speeds of 10/1 and 4/1Mbps. “We are excited to start work on this project to move faster connections to customers in Beaver Island,” said Jean Pauk, manager – State Government Affairs at TDS.
In January, TDS announced it elected to receive approximately $75.1 million a year to increase broadband access in 25 states from the FCC’s A-CAM, under the Connect America Fund (CAF) program. TDS will leverage the funds over the next 10 years to support the buildout of rural broadband networks to nearly 160,000 locations across the country.
TDS has been doing business in Michigan since 1982 and owns five telephone companies in the state. TDS employs 66 people in Michigan.