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" The good news for our industry is that the broadband business
will play an important role in that future, " Butman says. " Data
usage will continue to grow as it always has and entertainment,
education, work and consumption of goods and services will happen
to a greater extent from our homes. "
If anything, the trends seen during the
COVID-19 pandemic only reinforced
the long-term plans Butman and the
rest of the leadership team had for
TDS. If there's one word that sums
up the provider's plans for 2022, it is
fiber. The company currently serves
39% of its wireline service addresses
with its fiber-to-the-home product,
and will be offering speeds of 2Gbps
symmetrical in all of its new markets.
" We've believed in the value and
the power of fiber-to-the-home for a
long time, " Maiers says. " I think this
is absolutely the best technology
to the home that we have available
to use with symmetrical speeds,
especially given the work at home,
school at home, everything at home
environment. "
TDS is ready to hit the ground
running in the new year, having
diversified its supply chain and found
the quality construction partners it
can trust during its next adventure.
Though the leadership team has
TDS has long used
Fiberville RVs as
mobile demonstration
areas for the power of
its gigabit service.
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September 2021
TDS president/CEO Jim Butman (Center) and
employees celebrating the opening of one of the
operator's retail locations.
been poring over the details of the new builds, there is still some risk
with capital expenditures of this intensity. That risk is exactly what
makes the business thrilling for many of them, and they're enjoying
the ride just as much as they will seeing the work completed.
" You know, this is a business that's not for the faint of heart. You
really have to work hard every day and have great construction
partners, " TDS SVP, corporate affairs Drew Petersen says. " And
when you don't, you need to make alterations quickly because
ultimately, it's your brand that's on the line and you've got to protect
and advance that every day. " - Sara Winegardner
FAST FACTS
„ TDS used a helicopter to install a microwave
pole on a small mountain this summer to strengthen
the broadband connections of residents in western
Colorado's Delta and Gunnison counties.
„Diversity and Inclusion is a major focus for
TDS, which is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.
It has expanded its job applicant pools by embracing
remote work into the future, seeing it as an opportunity
to make TDS a more diverse place to work.
„ Video is far from dead at TDS. The company is
currently experiencing a 40% video attachment
rate to every broadband connection in its wireline
markets where it is offering TDS tv+, its IPTV service.
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