TDS collects top local and national awards

After investing millions in our network TDS was recently named Best Internet Provider in several of the communities we serve including: Southern Utah, Fort Stockton, Texas, Iron County, Utah, and Teller County, Colorado. Plus, TDS was named a top internet provider for business by PC Magazine and a Best Place to work for Disability Inclusion, LGBTQ Equality, and TDS was named a Gold Vets Ready Employer.

For the Best of Southern Utah 2021 contest, conducted by Canyon Media, TDS was voted Gold Winner in the category of ‘Internet Provider’ by residential and business customers in our St. George, Utah and Mesquite, Nevada markets.

“We are honored and appreciate doing business in Southern Utah,” said TDS Field Marketing Manager Brenda Cody. “We are passionate about keeping all customers connected and seek to always provide outstanding service.”

Fort Stockton, Texas
Congratulations to our TDS team in Fort Stockton, Texas for being named Best Cable Provider in Fort Stockton by the readers of the Fort Stockton Pioneer.

“This is 100% reflection of the team we have here in Fort Stockton! Your professionalism and customer service shines so brightly that the community of Fort Stockton believes you are truly the Best of the Best,” said Jerry, manager of Field Services. “Way to go team!!”

Our Fort Stockton team takes a tremendous amount of pride in not only caring for the people they serve but with each other. “That’s what you get when you go to Fort Stockton,” said Chad, regional manager of Field Services. “Excellent work Fort Stockton!”

TDS launched 1Gig internet speeds in Fort Stockton and in Southern Utah in 2020.

Teller County, Colorado
TDS is honored to be named the 2021 Best Internet Provider of Teller County, Colorado. The readers of the Pikes Peak Courier named TDS a Gold Winner.

With reliable internet speeds up to 600Mbps in Woodland Park, TDS offers a variety of products, including TV and phone services for every lifestyle and budget.

“At TDS, we seek to continually invest in our network and offer the highest quality products, services, reliability, and technology for our customers. Thank you to our customers for voting us Best Internet Provider of Teller County,” said TDS’ Katy Shiverdecker.

TDS sits at the top in this category after taking silver in last year’s Best of Teller contest.

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, 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.

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).

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.

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 (

Gold Vets Ready Employer
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) named TDS Telecom (TDS®) a Gold Level Vets Ready Employer. The award recognizes TDS’ commitment to hiring veterans, supporting its veteran workforce, and maintaining outreach to the greater veteran community.

“We’re thrilled to accept this award from the Department of Workforce Development,” says TDS Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kathy Cefalu, “Veterans are highly valued contributors at every level of our organization. They bring experience, skills, and talents that are key part of what makes TDS a great place to work.”

TDS was one of only five employers recognized with a Gold Level Award.

As a winner, TDS will be highlighted as a Vets Ready employer on as well as Current TDS job opportunities can also be viewed on the TDS Careers webpage.

LGBTQ Equality
TDS Telecommunications received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for being a 2021 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” TDS joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

CEI is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices, and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) employees. The survey is administered by the HRC Foundation.

HRC President Alphonso David congratulated the businesses for “stepping up and continuing to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality. The progress made since the CEI’s inception is truly astounding and proves these initiatives have a deep impact on the day-to-day lives of LGBTQ workers.”

According to HRC, the 767 companies who earned high marks on the CEI represent over 13 million employees nationwide.

The 2021 CEI report evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. TDS’s efforts in satisfying all the CEI’s criteria result in a designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

By joining the Wisconsin LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, including a same-sex couple in a commercial, and by targeting some of our recruiting efforts at LGBTQ virtual career fairs and job board postings, TDS earned the highest score possible in outreach and representation. In addition, TDS updated its corporate social responsibility and philanthropy policy to prohibit philanthropic support to any non-religious organizations that have a written policy of discrimination against LGBTQ people.

TDS also requires all new employees to attend two, web-based trainings that clearly state our non-discrimination policy includes sexual orientation. Providing equal benefits for same and different-sex spouses and transgender-inclusive health care coverage also contributed to this high rating for TDS.

For more information on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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