Construction is under way to expand and improve broadband to nearly 3,000 locations in western Colorado. TDS Telecom began work in the spring in portions of Delta and Gunnison counties. Construction is expected to be done in the fall of 2018.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allocated $1.6 million each year to reach residents in some of the hardest to serve areas in Colorado. The funding will also be used to maintain a voice and broadband network as well as building out to these locations.
Residents can visit the TDS website (https://tdstelecom.com/networkupgrades.html) to find out how this federal program may impact them. Depending on location, most TDS customers in eligible rural areas will receive guaranteed broadband speeds of 25Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload (25/3).
TDS has been doing business in Colorado since 1991 and owns two telephone companies in the state.
Calling all volunteers! Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail has received six new tipis that will be used as outdoor classrooms in conjunction with the Nature Connection. John Hardy has volunteered to lead a group of folks who are willing to learn how to set up the tipis and pitch in where necessary.