TDS debuts FTTH broadband network construction in Billings, MT

Sept. 15, 2021
The Madison, WI-based TDS was recently granted design and permit approval from the city on a network that will ultimately connect more than 40,000 homes and businesses across the community. Billings is the first city in Montana to receive a fiber network.

TDS Telecommunications LLC announced the kick-off of construction for a 500-mile fiber-to-the home (FTTH) network in Billings, Montana this week.

The Madison, Wisconsin-based TDS was recently granted design and permit approval from the city on the network that will ultimately connect more than 40,000 homes and businesses across the community.

Billings is the first city in Montana to receive a fiber-optic network. Billings Mayor Bill Cole gave a thumbs up to TDS coming to town.

“TDS is modernizing and expanding the infrastructure here and the company is bringing services that will greatly help our businesses and residences,” said Cole. “Another choice for internet, TV, and phone services is great news for our community. This fiber network will help us build an even stronger economy.”

TDS is working with CEC Facilities Group of Irving, Texas to construct the network.

CEC began construction this month and started preparation work to place new fiber-optic cable in downtown Billings. Construction in residential neighborhoods will begin in late November.

When the fiber network is complete, TDS will deliver up to 2Gig internet speeds for businesses and residents.

With speeds up to 2Gig, it’s possible to download a typical two-hour, 4K movie in under a minute, notes the provider. “Say hello Billings to a reliable internet network, TV, and phone services, along with amazing customer service,” said Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS.

Montana will be the 32nd U.S. state where TDS offers its services.

Area residents can visit www.tdsfiber.com to register for service, monitor the progress of the build, and sign up for notifications about the new service. In addition, TDS' expansion into Billings will create new job opportunities, with new positions now posted on the company’s website.

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