Free Broadband Access For Low-Income Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

TDS Telecommunications LLC announced this week that they plan to support residential customers during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing free broadband access to low-income individuals and families with children and college students for 60 days.  TDS wants to ensure that those who cannot afford broadband services have the essential access they may need.  You can read more on the document below, but to verify eligibility for this offer, it states residents will be asked to provide documentation from qualifying programs.  Hope this helps a lot of people as we navigate through this!

Press Release Below:

TDS Announces Free Broadband Access for New K-12, College Student Households and More For 60 Days
Internet access will be provided to individuals and families in qualifying programs

MADISON, Wis. (March 16, 2020)—TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®), announces plans for supporting residential customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. TDS will be providing broadband access to low-income individuals and/or families with children and college students for 60 days.

“As a company, our first priority is the health and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve,” says Drew Petersen, senior vice president of Corporate Affairs at TDS. “During this difficult time, we want to ensure those who cannot afford broadband services have the essential access they need.”

To verify eligibility for this offer, residents will be asked to provide documentation from qualifying programs. For more information, please call 1-888-287-8156.

In addition, TDS signed the “Keep America Connected” pledge initiated by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai last week. TDS is adopting all three tenets of the policy related to voice and broadband customers to a) forego charging late payment penalties for customers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, to b) suspend disconnects for customers due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic who fail to pay their bills, and to c) open Wi-Fi hot spots where we maintain them for 60 days. 

“We are proud to be associated with this important communications service continuity program and commend the FCC for their proactive attention to public safety during this most difficult time,” says Petersen.

For more information contact: Mike Wanta | Brand Journalist | TDS Telecom | 608-664-1096 | mike.wanta@tdstelecom.com