Broadband expansion funded 08.11.2010

Written by David Green.

Federal funding for broadband expansion will bring high-speed internet to residents in Medina and territory to the east and northeast of the village.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) was approved for local broadband expansion projects totaling $1.6 million. TDS will receive $1.2 million from the USDA Rural Utility Service (RUS) and will invest $407,270 to expand broadband near Medina and Augusta, Mich., areas. The project is expected to put 32 people to work in the two areas constructing the network during the next 24 to 36 months.

The grant to TDS for Communication Corporation of Michigan is part of the Aug. 4 USDA RUS announcement that TDS was approved for $114.5 million in broadband expansion projects in 18 states.

Additional projects could be forthcoming as the RUS works to meet the Sept. 30 statutory deadline requiring the agency to distribute all $2.6 billion in federal broadband stimulus funding under its jurisdiction.

Once contracts are signed, TDS will have 24 to 36 months to complete construction of the networks in 39 project areas in various states.

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