TDS expands engineering center to Bend

BEND, Ore. (Feb. 5, 2015) TDS Telecom (TDS) is expanding its engineering center west to Bend, Oregon, from Madison, Wisconsin, effective Feb. 1, 2015.

The goal is to combine TDS and BendBroadband engineering services and to enhance the recruiting pipeline for new technical employees from West Coast regions including the Silicon Valley, Portland, and Seattle. The extension of the engineering center will also improve the company’s ability to introduce technology and products to customers.

Last September, TDS’ parent company, Telephone and Data Systems, acquired BendBroadband.

“We believe adding a stronger unified presence in a highly sought after location like Bend will be a great recruiting advantage, said Ken Paker, chief technology officer and vice president of Network Services for TDS. “Being able to bring on talented technical employees from multiple locations is critical to the long-term success of our growing company.”

As part of the expansion, Wade Holmes, BendBroadband’s vice president of Engineering and Technology, will assume the leadership position of the newly integrated team. TDS will also relocate Larry Boehm, director of Network Implementation and Optimization, from Madison to Bend to help establish the engineering center and ease the integration into one technical team.

For more information about BendBroadband, visit

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For more information contact: Krista Ledbetter, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecom. / 608-664-2518 /

About BendBroadband, a TDS CompanyBendBroadband, a wholly owned subsidiary of TDS, employs nearly 300 people. Serving Central Oregon for more than 50 years, the company began offering local cable TV service in 1955. Today, BendBroadband offers broadband, fiber connectivity, cable television, and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Through its Zolo Media division, the company operates KBNZ-TV CBS affiliate, KOHD-TV ABC affiliate, COTV11 and offers multiple video advertising, local advertising and viewing options for Central Oregonians. Visit

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., operates BendBroadband, OneNeck® IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Baja Broadband LLC. Combined, the company employs 3,300 people. Visit

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS) [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000™ company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 5.9 million customers nationwide through its subsidiaries TDS Telecom and U.S. Cellular®. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,400 people. Visit

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