For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The following statement can be attributed to Drew Petersen, vice president of external affairs and communications for TDS Telecommunications Corp.:
“On behalf of the employees and customers of TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) I want to thank Wisconsin Congressmen Sean Duffy, Ron Kind, Tom Petri, Reid Ribble, and Jim Sensenbrenner for taking a stand on an issue important to the future of rural telecommunications, our company, customers, and the communities we serve.
“In October 2011, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved significant changes to the regulations governing business-to-business payments between telecommunications providers and the federal support mechanisms that allow cost-effective service offerings in rural Wisconsin and America.
“Unfortunately, the FCC is already considering additional changes on top of what they adopted last October. It is too soon for more reforms. The dust has not even settled on the decisions the FCC made last year—additional reforms could seriously undermine the service availability we’re able to provide customers in rural Wisconsin.
“In cooperation with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association and the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association, TDS sought help from Representatives Duffy, Kind, Petri, Ribble, and Sensenbrenner.
“Representatives Duffy, Kind, Petri, Ribble, and Sensenbrenner aggressively responded and sent a letter earlier this month to the FCC asking that rural telecommunications providers be given time to adapt to the recent reforms before undertaking further substantial changes in the near future.
“Thank you Congressmen for supporting TDS and rural telecommunications providers across Wisconsin!
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TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest telecom provider in the U.S. For more than 40 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 31 states. Today, TDS has more than 1.1 million equivalent access lines in service and 2,700 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP) phone service, dedicated Internet, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit www.tdstelecom.com or www.tdsbusiness.com for more information.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of VISI Incorporated, TEAM Technologies, and OneNeck IT Services Corp. through TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC. These companies employ more than 350 people who specialize in providing hosted application management, managed hosting, cloud services, and next generation data centers. Visit www.visi.com, www.team-companies.com, and www.oneneck.com for details.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. headquartered in Madison, Wis. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 500® company, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM], its majority owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 people as of Dec. 31, 2011. Visit www.teldta.com for investor information.