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May 27. 2014 8:11PM

High-speed Internet just got faster in Hollis

HOLLIS — Hollis is now the first community in New Hampshire with access to one gigabit per second Internet speed.

“People are always wanting more and wanting it faster, so this 1Gig Internet service is designed to meet that need,” said Cindy Tomlinson, associate manager of public relations for TDS Telecom.

TDS representatives were joined by local and state officials on Tuesday for a “First in Fiber” celebration gathering at the Hollis Town Hall to recognize the achievement.

“There are a handful of places that have 1Gig service, ” said Tomlinson. “Right now, Hollis is the first in New Hampshire. But, we will be rolling it out more.”

She said TDS, the seventh-largest local exchange telephone company in the nation, is pleased and excited to be offering its fastest Internet speed to the Granite State.

“This state-of-the-art connection is 100 times faster than the average connection,” said Matt Apps, manager of Internet product management and development at TDS. “It is only available in a few communities across the country. With 1Gig, you experience the Internet full-throttle.”

The new, faster Internet speed is designed to meet the ever-growing demand by customers for bandwidth, according to TDS representatives. Real-time entertainment, according to recent data, accounts for more than 67 percent of all downstream Internet traffic during peak hours, according to a release.

The 1Gig service is available for less than $100 per month with a bundle, which includes a free subscription to Remote PC Support, a service that provides unlimited access to technical expertise, according to the release.

“Both TDS TV and 1Gig represent the best technology money can buy,” said Apps. ” … this is just the start for our launch of super-high speed Internet.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte was in attendance for the TDS launch of its 1Gig Internet service in Hollis.

“Reliable access to high-speed broadband is critical to connecting New Hampshire to the digital world,” said Ayotte, applauding TDS for expanding its services. It will take a robust private sector investment to build out all of the nation’s fiber optic network, she added.

At the end of 2013, TDS launched 300Mbps (megabits per second) Internet service in Hollis, beginning the first neighborhood installation of TDS TV and 300 Mbps. The newest 1Gig service is an enhancement to that project, according to Tomlinson.

In 2014, TDS plans to continue expanding TDS TV to other New Hampshire communities, including New London, Andover, Boscawen and Salisbury.

TDS, headquartered in Wisconsin, has nearly 1 million customer connections in service, along with 2,500 employees, says the release.

khoughton@newstote.com



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