TDS announces free broadband access for 60 days for families with children, college students

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MADISON, Wis. — TDS Telecom has announced plans to provide free broadband access to low-income residents and families with children and college students for 60 days, according to a news release.

“As a company, our first priority is the health and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve,” said 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.”

Customers who want to check their eligibility will be asked to provide documentation from qualifying programs. You can call 1-888-287-8156 for more information.

The release also said TDS signed the Keep America Connected pledge that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai initiated last week. To help those affected by the pandemic, TDS will forego charging late fees, suspend disconnects for customers and open Wi-Fi hot spots that are to be maintained 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,” said Petersen.

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