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): March 23, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


























(State or other jurisdiction of






(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

incorporation or organization)



File Number)


























30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 4000, Chicago, Illinois 60602

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)



















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





































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(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)





































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Item 5.02.  Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements for Certain Officers

This Form 8-K is being filed to provide information with respect to the Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS) 2018 Officer Bonus Program (2018 Plan), pursuant to paragraph (e) of Item 5.02 of Form 8-K.


The 2018 Plan was approved by the TDS Compensation Committee on March 23, 2018.  The 2018 Plan covers all TDS executive officers other than the President and CEO of TDS.


The plan provides that the President and CEO of TDS’ subsidiary, TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom), has the same company and individual performance weightings as the other TDS executive officers, provided that the company performance will be based on TDS Telecom’s performance rather than TDS’ consolidated performance. 


The 2018 Plan provides that 80% of the bonus will be based on quantitative company performance and 20% will be based on individual performance.  The TDS consolidated company performance will be based on the following three metrics with the following weights:  consolidated operating revenue (50%); consolidated adjusted EBITDA (40%); and consolidated capital expenditures (10%). 


Notwithstanding any provision of the 2018 Plan to the contrary, a participating officer does not have a legally binding right to a bonus unless and until the bonus amount, if any, is paid and no bonus shall be paid unless the officer remains employed through the actual bonus payout date unless otherwise approved at the discretion of the Compensation Committee or President and CEO of TDS, as applicable.


The foregoing description is qualified by reference to the 2018 Plan which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.1 and incorporated by reference herein. 



Item 9.01.  Financial Statements and Exhibits

(d)   Exhibits:

Exhibit Number


Description of Exhibits






2018 Officer Bonus Program








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 hereunto duly authorized.




















March 29, 2018












/s/  Douglas D. Shuma




Douglas D. Shuma





Senior Vice President-Finance and Chief Accounting Officer




(principal financial officer and principal accounting officer)