TDS® Offers Lifeline/Tribal Link-Up Discount on Local Phone Service to Income-eligible Customers

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Do you know someone who can’t afford basic phone service or is thinking about cutting the cord to save money? Help is available through Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up. Local phone companies, including TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), offer these programs to ensure that everyone has access to basic phone service.

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“At a time when more Americans are living below the poverty line than ever before, they should not have to choose between a phone line and food,” says Kevin Hess, senior vice president of Government and Regulatory Affairs for TDS.

Do you know someone who can’t afford basic phone service or is thinking about cutting the cord to save money? Help is available through Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up. Local phone companies, including TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®), offer these programs to ensure that everyone has access to basic phone service.

The Lifeline program provides discounts on monthly phone service for qualified telephone subscribers. The Tribal Link-Up program offers reduced charges for basic landline telephone installation and provides additional discounts off the monthly service. Tribal Link-Up is available to people living on land that meets the Bureau of Indian Affairs definition of “reservation.” Qualifications for both programs vary by state; however, most program participants typically receive federal or state assistance.

According to the Census Bureau, there were 46.2 million Americans living below the poverty level in 2010—the highest number in 52 years. While most American households have local telephone service, there are millions who simply cannot afford a telephone in their home. Lifeline and Tribal Link-Up can help.

“At a time when more Americans are living below the poverty line than ever before, they should not have to choose between a phone line and food,” says Kevin Hess, senior vice president of Government and Regulatory Affairs for TDS. “By offering our customers the Lifeline and Tribal Link-up programs, they don’t have to choose between feeding their family and providing a phone number on a job application. They can do both. If you know someone who’s struggling, encourage them to contact their local phone company for information.”

TDS supports these programs using funds from the Universal Service Fund program. More information is available at http://www.usac.org/li or 1-888-641-8722. TDS customers should call 888-CALL-TDS to check eligibility and request an application.

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TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest telecom provider in the U.S. For more than 40 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 31 states. Today, TDS has more than 1.1 million equivalent access lines in service and 2,700 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP) phone service, dedicated Internet, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit http://www.tdstelecom.com or http://www.tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of VISI Incorporated, TEAM Technologies, and OneNeck IT Services Corp. through TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC. These companies employ more than 350 people who specialize in providing hosted application management, managed hosting, cloud services, and next generation data centers. Visit http://www.visi.com, http://www.team-companies.com, and http://www.oneneck.com for details.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. headquartered in Madison, Wis. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 500® company, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM], its majority owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 people as of March 31, 2012. Visit http://www.teldta.com for investor information.

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