TDS breaks ground on two more ARRA stimulus projects

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April 08, 2013

According to TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), construction is underway on two more of the company's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus projects. Newly underway are projects in Kentucky and Mississippi. Once complete, more customers will have access to high-speed Internet service.

In Mississippi, in areas around Leakesville, TDS' Southeast Mississippi Telephone Company project will connect about 600 customers with access to high-speed Internet service. TDS has hired MasTec North America, Inc out of Coral Gables, Fla. to do the outside construction work on this project. Once the outside work is finished, TDS will complete the inside work. The project is scheduled to be accessible to customers by the end of the year.

In Kentucky, the project will impact about 550 customers around the Salem area. To perform the outside construction work on TDS' Salem Telephone Company, CCI Systems, Inc. out of Iron Mountain, Mich. has been hired. Once the outside work is finished, TDS will complete the inside work. The project is expected to be accessible to customers by the end of the year.

TDS is receiving funding for the project from the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) as part of the ARRA.

For background information and updates visit: www.tdstelecom.com/MediaRoom/StimulusFunding.

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For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager-Public Relations / TDS Telecommunications Corp. / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. Headquartered in Madison, Wis. it is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 32 states. Today, TDS has nearly 1 million customer connections in service and 2,900 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) which consists of OneNeck IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Inc. TDS HMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. The business unit is growing rapidly; now employing more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, visi.com, and reliacloud.com for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through its business units, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecommunications Corp. and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems and its subsidiaries employ more than 12,000 people. For investment information, visit teldta.com.