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TDS Telecom Expands Fiber to the Home
Launches Google-Esque 'Fiberville' Promotion
by Karl Bode 10:56AM Friday Jul 05 2013
TDS Telecom this week announced that the ISP will be expanding their existing suite of fiber to the home services into portions of Concord and Knoxville, Tennessee. According to a company press release, the company is taking a few pages from the Google Fiber playbook, announcing something they're calling a "fiberville" initiative. The program is similar to Google's Fiberhood initiative in that it will help generate regional excitement and PR, but it varies significantly from Google's program, which selected the first build locations in Kansas City based on community enthusiasm.

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Under TDS's program, neighborhood upgrade selection is already done, but if 15% of communities pre-register for the the company's TV service, those users will receive "receive exclusive offers and discounts."

The press release is utterly unspecific as to what those offers and discounts are, but the company's new fiber deployment website states that qualifying Fiberville users will get free installation, and a lifetime broadband or premium TV package upgrade (I've reached out for clarification as to what exactly that means). Also unlike Google Fiber, we're talking about speeds of 100 Mbps -- not 1 Gbps.

Locals interested to see where TDS has planned fiber upgrades should check out the companies expansion map here. You can also check out our reader reviews of TDS Telecom here.

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Os

join:2011-01-26
US
Reviews:
·Comcast

TDS

According to the website, the incentives are free HD programming (which should be free anyway in this day and age) or enhanced internet speed (does not mention by how much).

While this is encouraging to see a company investing somewhere, the internet speeds of 50 and 100 Mbps shown aren't any greater than what Comcast would offer over coax to the people of Knoxville.

battleop

join:2005-09-28
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Re: TDS

What does it take to please the DSLR crowd? I bet the DSLR crowd would find some way to bitch and moan over a free 10G connection.
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the niTz
Premium
join:2004-07-05
Sahuarita, AZ

Re: TDS

if a free 10G connection had bad lag or packet loss i would bitch and moan
Oedipus

join:2005-05-09
kudos:1
said by battleop:

What does it take to please the DSLR crowd? I bet the DSLR crowd would find some way to bitch and moan over a free 10G connection.

Oh we certainly could. Why wont the ISP provide me with a 48 port 10gb switch? Why is it not 40gb? 10gb is soooo 2008! Why does it take more than one hop to get to google? The routing is terrible! The connection dropped at 2:46 this morning and didn't come back up until 2:48! Where's my refund?

I could go on forever.
Os

join:2011-01-26
US
Reviews:
·Comcast
There's 2 reasons from a customer perspective to offer a competing product.

Either you're going to provide a better service to the customers or save them money.

My point is that TDS speeds are not better than Comcast's speeds at this time, so unless they plan on beating Comcast's prices, then what incentive does anyone have to sign up for TDS Fiber?
silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Re: TDS

Stability and low latency. Since I had fiber installed the connection hasn't gone down once and has a consistently low latency. I doubt TDS's fiber network is much different.

Most people can't use more than 50Mbps anyway. It's not really a selling point if you can't use it. But they do probably have much better upload than Comcast. And that is a selling point to some people.
the niTz
Premium
join:2004-07-05
Sahuarita, AZ

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Re: TDS

I'm happy downloading at 24MB/s would be happier with 125 MB/s or faster (if 10G ethernet ever becomes mainstream...) and to blast the usual "your drives can't take it" - 2 840 pros in raid 0, 6 3tb drives in raid 5 wont even touch my laptops or other towers.

the logic = less time per downloads (with multiple download streams) OR more downloads running concurrently
Os

join:2011-01-26
US
The average idiot doesn't even know what latency is.

The average idiot doesn't also understand upload speeds.
silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Re: TDS

If they play games then they understand what lag is. And most automatically assume fiber = less lag. True on the uploads though.

Speedin_144

@143.200.128.x
What you do with the internet will change.

When dial-up became popular content was created
When 256k "broadband" became popular we now have images and cheesy audio
When 10MB broadband became popular we now have Youtube/Hulu/ect
When 50MB broadband becomes popular we will now???

First thing that comes to mind is if it's symmetric would be all sort of backup solutions. IMO swap a hard drive with a family member in another two and backup to the other site. A family with kids all watching whatever they want in 1080p streams, 4k video anyone? Larger email attachments, ect.

battleop

join:2005-09-28
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1 recommendation

According to the average DSLR user 100Mb Fiber is way faster and better than 100Mb coax.

dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
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Phoenix, AZ
kudos:4

Re: TDS

said by battleop:

According to the average DSLR user 100Mb Fiber is way faster and better than 100Mb coax.

because 100mb fibre wouldn't have the peak hour slowdowns that coax has.
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silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Re: TDS

An increasing amount of FiOS users would disagree with you on that. Fiber is superior for the last mile but that is only part of the equation.

battleop

join:2005-09-28
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Re: TDS

Really? 100Mbps over Fiber is faster than 100MBps over Coax? Please explain how...

Remember to pay attention to detail here in that I am not talking about any particular ISP. I'm only talking about Copper vs. Fiber.
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silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

Re: TDS

I never said it was faster.

battleop

join:2005-09-28
00000

Re: TDS

That reply should have been for dvd536.

Homer J
Mmmm, Free Goo

join:2000-10-05
Springfield
The area where TDS primarily offers service is covered by Charter for cable. My father in law had TDS for internet for a while, but switched to Charter as their speeds weren't that great, he was on DSL though.

tshirt
Premium
join:2004-07-11
Snohomish, WA
kudos:5
Reviews:
·Comcast

There's more fiber in...

... a Costco pack of Metamucil.

The RV is the biggest thing in the whole press release.

If actually look at the new areas on a scaled map the NEW rollout is pretty small, so this is mostly about marketing their product using the slightly more famous GoogleFiber.

R32Raines

join:2003-03-01
La Vergne, TN
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Reviews:
·TDS

TDS

I just had 100mb TDS fiber installed this week. In La Vergne, TN.

I get about 97.5 down and 39.5 up consistently. The rated/provisioned upload is 40mb. Usually 8-20ms pings on speed tests.

They are cheaper than Comcast. It is required to be bundled with their IPTV service. Internet connection is $45/month, basic IPTV service is $16/month. Total is $61/month. You get a free DVR with it too. Their prices are non-promotional, and no contract. Set rate. The basic TV service includes all locals, WGN America, CSPAN, QVC, HSN, and Weather. Their current promotion is free install, which they did an awesome job at.

So far I am extremely impressed with them over Comcast. I had Comcast internet for 13+ years before that.

88615298
Premium
join:2004-07-28
West Tenness

Try providing DSL to all your customers FIRST

For some reason the western portion of my county is TDS territory when most of the rest is at&t. All TDS will provide is dial-up.