Pre-bid meetings signal start to construction

Since the beginning of the year, TDS has been hosting pre-bid meetings in cities across the U.S. The meetings signal the start of the bidding process for areas where TDS has received American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding to expand broadband Internet services.

At the meetings, TDS leaders and engineering firm representatives discuss the technical specifications and timelines for the projects. Construction bids are due about two weeks after the meetings; as quickly as possible, TDS is awarding contracts to the winning contractors.

Many of the projects are expected to get underway this spring. Our goal is to have all outside plant construction— digging trenches, boring holes, placing telecom cabling, creating sites for electronic equipment in remote areas—completed before the end of the year. Once complete, a process of inside equipment placement and connectivity begins. Then, high-speed Internet services will be available to new customers across the U.S.

Get more details and watch for updates about TDS’ projects.

About DeAnne Boegli

DeAnne Boegli is the National Public Relations Manager for TDS Telecommunications which means she wears a lot of hats on a day to day basis. DeAnne jumped on the social media train early (TDS joined Facebook in 2008) and has been keeping her team at TDS up-to- date with the rapid changes in these popular online sites, in addition to her more traditional public relations, reputation management and media roles. DeAnne holds degrees in Journalism and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. She has been in telecommunications at TDS for the past 13 years; prior to that she managed corporate communications for Rayovac which is also headquartered in Madison, Wis. In her spare time, she teaches dance classes at a studio she started in 2001. So, if you need to learn to tap dance she could help. We all know some PR types are known for dancing around issues, but not DeAnne she tells it like it is and just dances for the sport of it. DeAnne has a unique blend of corporate and entrepreneurial experience which gives her great perspective in talking with business owners and marketers like you.


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