At TDS, we understand the importance of rapid-speed business internet, dynamic VoIP phone services, trust-worthy business phone systems, and cost-effective business phone and internet bundles. We’ve even got the experience to back us up: we’ve been providing improved call handling, reliability and local support for more than 45 years. That means your Tennessee business and team can rely on rock-solid communication and expertise, staying competitive and connected.
In 2018, Tennessee led the nation in the growth of small businesses, employing over 1.1 million people. That calls for some concrete connections. Does your business have the telecommunication services needed to confidently scale and succeed? Consider exploring the security and satisfaction that our team can offer, with our buildable packages like our reputable phone and internet bundles, or trusted VoIP phone / business phone system.
Tennessee isn’t just known for leading small businesses. In fact, it has one of the richest histories in the United States: the birthplace of decades of blues and country music, home to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and host of the well-attended “Memphis in May” barbecue competition. Tennessee’s unique history of great music and great food dates back as far as its history with telecommunications. The first telephone service in Tennessee was a toll line stretching to Nashville, dating back to 1884. By 1885 there were 22 telephones in town, all in business homes. As the desire for such a luxury grew, female operators were employed to help manage the connection and communication – referred to as “Hello, Girls”.
As quickly as the technology of early telecommunications were adopted, it wasn’t without growing pains. A few decades later, Tennesseans’ were learning to work with what is referred to as a ‘party line’, a 2-way line that is a far cry from the business phone systems offered today. Rings were coded specifically for different callers and often led to confusion and erroneously answered calls. Many had access to the line, which caused quite a few historic blunders. For example, University of Tennessee’s strategy in a football game versus University of Mississippi was revealed to the opposing coach, simply because the telephone on Ole Miss team’s bench was inadvertently wired to the same party line. Something that we can’t fathom happening now, thanks to our access to the very best in phone services.
Support your business with the best TDS has to offer, selecting from our services that fit your Tennessee business uniquely. Not sure where to start? That’s where we step in. We understand that not all telecommunication services or even phone and internet bundles fit every business. Whether VoIP phone, business phone system, business internet or beyond – we’ve got you covered.
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