TDS Telecommunications LLC marked the beginning of construction on its high-speed, all-fiber internet network in the Magic Valley in south-central Idaho with a groundbreaking ceremony held this week at the Twin Falls Visitor Center. The event featured executives from TDS and TDS’ construction partners, Tilson, as well as community leaders and members of the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce.
Construction is now under way in Twin Falls, Jerome and Burley, and when work is completed, approximately 32,000 addresses will connect to the network, TDS stated in its announcement. With many companies moving to a work-at-home model, the demand for high-speed data connections nationwide has only increased, the announcement stated. Only 43% of households have access to a fiber connection, according to a recent Fiber Broadband Association report. TDS’ expansion into the Twin Falls area is said to create new job opportunities as well, with new positions now posted on the company’s website.
“We couldn’t be more excited to break ground in the Magic Valley. With high-speed internet more important than ever, we look forward to connecting Magic Valley communities and serving the region for many years to come,” said Julie Maiers, TDS senior vice president of marketing, sales and customer operations, in a statement.