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U.S. Cellular to Increase Board Size and Nominate James Barr III and Gregory P. Josefowicz

April, 27, 2009

CHICAGO, April 27 /PRNewswire-Firstcall/ -- United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE: USM) today announced that it intends to pass resolutions to increase the number of board members to eleven at a board meeting later this week. In addition, the board intends to nominate James Barr III and Gregory P. Josefowicz, who currently serve on the board of directors of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS, TDS.S), U.S. Cellular's parent company, to stand for election as directors at the 2009 U.S. Cellular annual meeting. The directors will be elected by TDS, the holder of the Series A Common shares.

James Barr III is a former president and CEO of TDS Telecom, TDS' wireline and broadband business.

"Jim helped to transform TDS' wireline business, TDS Telecom, into a preferred broadband provider," said LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., U.S. Cellular chairman. "As CEO of TDS Telecom, he successfully grew the company in an industry characterized by strong competition and constant changes in technology, customer demand, and the regulatory environment. Jim will add substantial telecommunications leadership experience to the U.S. Cellular board."

Gregory P. Josefowicz is a former CEO and chairman of the board of directors of Borders Group, Inc. He also served as CEO of the Jewel-Osco division of American Stores Company. Josefowicz is a member of the boards of PetSmart, Inc. and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.

"Greg brings many valuable years of experience in retail strategy and execution to the U.S. Cellular board," said LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. "In addition, his service on the boards of prominent retail companies adds to the breadth of his consumer-oriented background."

"We are grateful to both Jim and Greg for their important contributions to the TDS board and to our company," said Walter Carlson, TDS chairman, "and we are delighted that they will continue to provide their insights and ideas to U.S. Cellular."

About U.S. Cellular(R)

United States Cellular Corporation, the nation's fifth-largest, full-service wireless carrier, provides a comprehensive range of wireless products and services, excellent customer support, and a high-quality network to nearly 6.2 million customers in 26 states. The Chicago-based company employed 8,500 full-time equivalent associates as of Dec. 31, 2008. For more information about U.S. Cellular, visit

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SOURCE United States Cellular Corporation -0- 04/27/2009 /CONTACT: Mark A. Steinkrauss, Vice President, Corporate Relations, +1-312-592-5384,, or Julie D. Mathews, Manager, Investor Relations, +1-312-592-5341, /Web Site: / (TDS TDS.S USM) CO: United States Cellular Corporation; Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. ST: Illinois IN: TLS TCS SU: PR -- CG05932 -- 8432 04/27/2009 14:57 EDT 

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