TDS Telecommunications LLC on April 25 announced it will be delivering its all-fiber network to Helena, Montana -- the second community in the state to receive symmetrical internet speeds up to 2Gig (2000 Mbps) via the operator.
TDS recently signed a franchise agreement with the City of Helena, which will bring a new competitive choice for broadband services to Montana’s capital city.
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with TDS on a franchise agreement to offer their services here,” said Helena Mayor, Wilmot Collins. “It is important that the city partners to provide residents access to new broadband services, as opportunities are presented that make sense. I think this agreement will be a benefit to Helena.”
Starting construction later this year, TDS will be building a fiber network to connect nearly 20,000 homes and businesses in Helena. When complete, the network will deliver TDS’ all-digital TV service, TDS TV+, and a variety of phone options for residential and business customers.
As noted by the operator, with speeds up to 2Gig, it’s possible to download a typical two-hour, 4K movie in under a minute.
“We are thrilled to announce we are expanding our fiber network into another great city in Montana,” says Andrew Petersen, TDS SVP of Corporate Affairs. “Fiber networks are in high demand, and we are excited to bring our reliable technology to Helena and to provide residents the latest tools to upgrade their home for the future.”
The Madison, Wisconsin-based operator is also currently building a fiber network in Billings, Montana. In August, TDS announced the construction of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network, which will ultimately connect more than 50,000 homes and businesses across Billings.
TDS' expansion into Helena will create new job opportunities, with new positions now posted on the company’s website at tdstelecom.com/careers. Area residents can visit www.tdsfiber.com to register for service.