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TDS named Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion

TDS Telecom (TDS®) was named Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion, earning a score of 90 on the Disability Equality Index (DEI).

“TDS is thrilled to be among the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion. This is our first time participating in this award and we are proud to see the progress we have made in creating an accessible and inclusive workplace,” said Lauren Lins, manager of Talent Acquisition & Retention at TDS.

The DEI is a joint initiative between Disability:IN and the American Association for Persons with Disabilities (AAPD). It is the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for Fortune 1000 companies and an objective assessment of their disability inclusion policies and practices.

By taking the DEI, companies can demonstrate their commitment to disability inclusion and equality, as well as broader social issues. In its seventh year, the DEI continues to see an increase in participation by businesses.

“We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index. Part of a corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognizing your stance and using it as an ‘aha moment’ to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise,” said Jill Houghton, President & Chief Executive Officer, Disability:IN.

In 2021, 319 corporations, including 67 Fortune 100, 164 Fortune 500, and 180 Fortune 1000 utilized the DEI to benchmark their disability inclusion efforts. This year, 191 companies received a score of 100; 58 companies received a score of 90 and 23 companies received a score of 80.

The 2021 DEI measured: Culture & Leadership; Enterprise-Wide Access; Employment Practices (Benefits, Recruitment, Employment, Education, Retention & Advancement, Accommodations); Community Engagement; Supplier Diversity; Non-U.S. Operations (Non-Weighted).

In 2021, following the global pandemic, the DEI was modernized to add new non-weighted questions about innovative technology to advance digital and remote accessibility; mental wellness benefits; services for Deaf and hard of hearing employees; and flexible work options.

Each year, the DEI takes about 40 hours to complete. It is modeled off the Corporate Equality Index that highlights LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies.

Globally, people with disabilities represent over one billion people. Disability is a natural part of the human experience, and it crosses lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and religion.

“In 2021 and beyond, TDS and its ABLE Associate Resource Group will continue our commitment to many of the disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI,” said Lins.

TDS is pleased to join UScellular in the DEI rankings, which earned a score of 100 for the second year in a row.

For more information on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit Disability Equality Index 2021 Annual Report (disabilityin-bulk.s3.amazonaws.com).

 

 

Central Oregon Daily photojournalist wins Edward R. Murrow Award

Central Oregon Daily photojournalist wins Edward R. Murrow Award

Congratulations to Central Oregon Daily Photojournalist Steve Kaufmann for receiving the 2021 Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism. “The Edward R. Murrow is the Grand Poohbah of awards for news organizations,” said Central Oregon Daily General Manager Shawn Wilcox “This really is among the most prestigious awards to win in news.”… Continue Reading

1Gig internet speeds now available in Madras and Prineville, Oregon

BendBroadband, a TDS company, announces faster speeds for Central Oregonians Bend, Ore. (February 26, 2021) – BendBroadband is now offering 1Gig internet speeds in Madras and Prineville, Oregon. Residential and business customers can now go faster than ever with a variety of high-speed internet packages from BendBroadband. Customers can receive up to one gigabit internet… Continue Reading

BendBroadband® named fastest business internet provider in Oregon

BendBroadband, a TDS company, receives national recognition Bend, Ore. (July 27, 2020) – BendBroadband® has been recognized by BroadbandNow’s 2020 Internet Service Provider Awards in the category of small providers. BroadbandNow is a website that helps consumers find and compare internet service providers in their area. BendBroadband received awards in the following categories: Fastest Business… Continue Reading

BendBroadband launches Hacker Alert

BendBroadband, a TDS company, announces a new tool for added internet security Bend, Ore. (June 4, 2020) – BendBroadband® has launched a new security tool that resides on the network, analyzing internet traffic for security threats that anti-virus software may miss. Hacker Alert provides an additional layer of protection for customers’ home network by identifying… Continue Reading

TDS TV+ officially launching in Bend

BendBroadband, a TDS company, announces an exciting new choice for TV Bend, Ore. (April 29, 2020) – BendBroadband is bringing a new, state-of-the-art video service to residents in Bend. TDS TV+ is a cloud-based video service that combines customers’ live TV, including local broadcast channels, regional sports content, and national cable channels, with streaming services,… Continue Reading

BendBroadband launches new virtual tech visit tool

Customers get essential service support without an in-home visit Bend, Oregon (April 27, 2020)—BendBroadband is launching an important new safety tool to help provide remote, real-time customer support. Starting today, BendBroadband technicians can perform installations and help troubleshoot service-related issues without ever having to make an in-home or in-business visit. “The coronavirus pandemic has made… Continue Reading

BendBroadband (TDS) Announces Free Broadband Access for New K-12, College Student Households and More For 60 Days

Internet access will be provided to new customers in qualifying programs BendBroadband, a subsidiary of TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS®), announces plans for supporting residential customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. BendBroadband will be offering broadband access to low-income individuals and/or families with children and college students for 60 days. This offer is for new customers in… Continue Reading

Important news from BendBroadband

COVID-19 Update for Customers We are committed to keeping you connected. BendBroadband is committed to offering reliable, resilient communications service to our customers, in good times and in times of crisis. We anticipate the COVID-19 viral outbreak will increase Internet usage demands as more customers find themselves working, learning and otherwise staying at home. We’d… Continue Reading