Washington, D.C. 20549




Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of

The Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 30, 2015




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)















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of incorporation)


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(IRS Employer Identification No.)








30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 4000, Chicago, Illinois




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Registrant's telephone number, including area code:  (312) 630-1900



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Item 1.01.             Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement

See disclosure under Item 8.01 – Other Events, which is incorporated herein to the extent applicable.

Item 2.03.             Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or an Obligation under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant

See disclosure under Item 8.01 – Other Events, which is incorporated herein to the extent applicable.

Item 8.01.             Other Events

As previously disclosed by Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (“TDS”), TDS’ subsidiary, United States Cellular Corporation (“U.S. Cellular”), participated in the FCC auction of spectrum of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3), known as Auction 97, indirectly through its interest in Advantage Spectrum, L.P. (“Advantage Spectrum”).  A subsidiary of U.S. Cellular is a limited partner in Advantage Spectrum.  Advantage Spectrum intends to qualify as a “designated entity” and be eligible for bid credits with respect to spectrum purchased in Auction 97.

                The FCC released the results of Auction 97 on January 30, 2015.  Advantage Spectrum was the provisional winning bidder for 124 licenses for an aggregate bid of $338.3 million, net of its anticipated designated entity discount of 25%.  As of October 2014, U.S. Cellular made capital contributions and advances to Advantage Spectrum and/or its general partner of $60.9 million.  Advantage Spectrum used existing funds from the subsidiary of U.S. Cellular and the general partner of Advantage Spectrum plus a portion of the funding to pay the FCC an initial deposit of $60 million in November 2014 to allow it to participate in Auction 97.  Advantage Spectrum’s bid amount, less the initial deposit, plus certain other charges totaling $2.3 million, are  required to be paid to the FCC by March 2, 2015. U.S. Cellular may agree to make additional capital contributions and/or advances to Advantage Spectrum and/or its general partner to provide additional funding for the payment and development of such licenses.  U.S. Cellular may finance such amounts from cash on hand, borrowings under its revolving credit agreement or term loan credit agreement and/or long-term debt.  There is no assurance that U.S. Cellular will be able to obtain additional financing on commercially reasonable terms or at all.  While the bidding in Auction 97 has ended, the FCC has not yet awarded any of the licenses to winning bidders nor is there any prescribed timeframe for the FCC to review the qualifications of the various winning bidders and award licenses.  The licenses expected to be awarded to Advantage Spectrum primarily cover areas that overlap or are proximate or contiguous to areas covered by licenses that U.S. Cellular currently owns, operates and/or consolidates.  U.S. Cellular consolidates Advantage Spectrum and its general partner, Frequency Advantage, L.P., as variable interest entities for financial reporting purposes under GAAP, but does not have control of such entities. 

Attached as Exhibit 99.1 is a press release issued by U.S. Cellular on January 30, 2015 with additional information, which is incorporated by reference herein.

Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits


(d)           Exhibits: 


In accordance with the provisions of Item 601 of Regulation S-K, any Exhibits filed or furnished herewith are set forth on the Exhibit Index attached hereto.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized.




Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.








February 2, 2015






/s/ Douglas D. Shuma



Douglas D. Shuma



Senior Vice President and Controller



(principal financial officer and principal accounting officer)









The following exhibits are filed or furnished herewith as noted below.







Description of Exhibit






U.S. Cellular Press Release dated January 30, 2015 is hereby incorporated by reference from Exhibit 99.1 to U.S. Cellular's Current Report on Form 8-K filed on February 2, 2015