TDS: Announces engineering firms selected to begin local broadband stimulus projects

Progress continues to connect thousands of customers to high-speed Internet in twenty states by 2013

For more information contact:

Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations

TDS Telecommunications Corp.

608-664-4471 / [email protected]

MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 21, 2011) — TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) announces it has selected and hired four engineering firms to implement its broadband network designs which were completed by TDS Network Services teams and recently approved by the USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

The professional engineering firms selected are:

MEComm Consultants, LP
For projects in: Maine, Michigan, New Hampshire, and New York.

Joseph D. Fail Engineering Co., Inc.
For projects in: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia.

CHR Solutions, Inc.
For projects in: Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Rocky Mountain West Telecom (dba RMWT)
For projects in: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Washington.

“We selected these firms based on their experience, attention to quality work, and ability to execute our designs with professionalism and speed,” says Larry Boehm, director of Network Implementation and Optimization for TDS. “We made a commitment to taxpayers to complete this work within 36 months and these firms and their many skilled employees and subcontractors will ensure we meet that commitment.”

In total, the four firms will be working with TDS and other equipment vendors to complete approximately $136 million in projects nationwide by the end of 2013. TDS received two full broadband deployment grants and 42 grant/matching fund projects from the RUS. A total of 44 projects are currently underway. TDS will be investing $30,874,560 along with investments from RUS totaling $105,122,535 bringing the broadband investment total to $135,997,095.

For more information and details about the areas TDS received RUS funding to expand broadband access, visit

TDS Telecommunications Corp. markets communication services to business and residential customers in 30 states through its brands TDS Telecom® and TDS Metrocom®. With 1.1 million access line equivalents in service, TDS Telecommunications Corp. connects customers to phone, broadband, and digital television service in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS Telecommunications Corp. is the eighth-largest wire line company in the nation; employing approximately 2,500 people. The company is headquartered in Madison, Wis. Visit and for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS, TDS.S] Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to nearly 7.2million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM], its 83-percent owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 employees as of Dec. 31, 2010. Visit for more information.