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U.S. Cellular Praises Administration Support for Release of Wireless Spectrum

July, 01, 2010

CHICAGO, July 1, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

U.S. Cellular today expressed strong support for President Obama's action directing federal agencies, including the FCC, to begin implementing the National Broadband Plan's call for an additional 500 megahertz of commercial spectrum over the next 10 years.

"We are pleased that President Obama has taken this opportunity to strongly support the National Broadband Plan recommendations to free up additional spectrum," said John Gockley, Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs. "We know the FCC is moving forward with plans to develop rules for an auction of the 700 megahertz D-Block spectrum, and we fully support this process. A commercial auction in early 2011, with the opportunity for public-private partnerships, will put this valuable spectrum to work for the benefit of America's consumers and first responders."

"President Obama's action also appears to indicate the Administration's awareness of the need for continued wireless telecommunications expansion, especially in rural America," Gockley continued. "As with broadband Internet, voice and data delivery over a reliable wireless connection is a vital service to which all Americans deserve access. We look forward to working with the FCC and others to ensure that rural America is not left behind as the National Broadband Plan evolves."

About U.S. Cellular

The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry(R) Tour and the touch-screen LG Tritan and HTC Touch Pro 2, which offer e-mail and Web access. Those features are delivered 10 times faster over U.S. Cellular's 3G Mobile Broadband network. U.S. Cellular believes in the power of the community and has made a commitment to invest more than $4.5 million in teachers and schools during 2009 and 2010. Based in Chicago, the company is the nation's sixth-largest wireless carrier, serving 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or uscellular.com. You can also check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.

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