CHATHAM - TDS Telecommunications held a ground breaking ceremony in Chatham Tuesday to mark the beginning of construction on the company's first broadband stimulus project.
The project will give more than 900 residents access to a high-speed broadband connection. The United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service granted funding as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
With ground broken, construction of the network is officially under way. The network is expected to be completed by mid-May 2013 according to Joe Kirk, manager of project implementation for TDS. "But we're going to do everything in our power to beat our estimates and get this built as fast as possible," he said.
Joining together to cut fiber tracing tape and begin construction on TDS’ first broadband expansion stimulus project are, from left, Dave Moore, field services manager, TDS; Jeremy Hosking, regional manager for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow; Bill Vogt, general field representative, Rural Utilities Services, USDA; Ron Milford, president, Milford Engineering; Kristine Reddy, broadband field representative, Rural Development, USDA; Dave Wittwer, president and CEO, TDS; Jim Turner, Michigan State director, Rural Development, USDA; Joe Kirk, manager of Project Implementation, TDS; Don Gary, Rural Development; Larry Boehm, director of Network Engineering and Implementation, TDS.