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Gas line rupture in Sun Prairie: Not TDS

MADISON, Wis. (July 12, 2018) — Today, TDS Telecom confirms the contractor who ruptured the gas line in Sun Prairie, Wis. was not hired by, nor doing work for TDS.

“This has been our assessment since the beginning of the incident, however we needed time to investigate the details and facts associated with this tragedy before we confirmed,” stated Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS Telecom.

During the past 18 months, TDS has been building a new fiber optic broadband network in Sun Prairie; however, we have confirmed TDS contractors were not associated with this accident.

What happened in Sun Prairie Tuesday evening is devastating. Our hearts go out to the community at large, injured first responders, and especially to the family and friends who lost their loved one. We would like to thank the first responders, local government, Red Cross and other organizations for taking such great care of the citizens of Sun Prairie during this heartbreaking situation.

Media contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager of Public Relations, TDS Telecom | 608-664-4471 | cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. with 1.2 million connections to high-speed internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS, a growing force in the cable industry, operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig internet access, IPTV service (TDS TV), cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. For businesses, TDS offers advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit tdstelecom.com | tdsbusiness.com | tdsfiber.com.

TDS Telecom, headquartered in Madison, Wis., employs more than 2,800 people and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. In 2018, TDS was recognized in Forbes list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. The TDS family of companies, which includes TDS Telecom, is listed at 190 out of 250 top employers in the U.S.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company, provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to more than six million connections nationwide through its businesses U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom, OneNeck IT Solutions LLC, and TDS Broadband Service. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. employs more than 9,900 people. Visit tdsinc.com.

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