Telephone and Data Systems Agrees to Acquire Baja Broadband

         Telephone and Data Systems Agrees to Acquire Baja Broadband

Supports TDS Telecom broadband and video growth strategy

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE:
TDS], parent company to TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS Telecom), today
announced an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Baja
Broadband, LLC ("Baja"), a cable company headquartered in Alamogordo, New
Mexico, for a purchase price of $267.5 million, subject to working capital and
other adjustments. Baja generated annual revenues of $82.4 million in 2012,
and has approximately 285 employees. The transaction is expected to close in
the third quarter of 2013, pending regulatory approvals.

Baja Broadband is a full-service communications company, providing video,
high-speed broadband and voice services to residential and commercial
customers in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

"Baja Broadband is a natural extension of our existing businesses, with
significant potential to deliver increased returns over time," said David A.
Wittwer, president and CEO, TDS Telecom. "Our strategy is to leverage our
expertise and existing platform and technologies to accelerate growth in
underserved, high-potential markets. We plan to build on Baja's solid customer
base and upgraded network to increase penetration and revenues with new
services and products and outstanding customer experiences. And our experience
with commercial customers will enable us to target new services and products
to this fast-growing sector in Baja's service areas."

As of Dec. 31, 2012, Baja passed approximately 212,000 homes, with
approximately 74,000 video subscribers, 56,000 high-speed broadband
subscribers and 15,000 digital voice subscribers. Approximately 96 percent of
Baja's network is equipped to deliver high-speed, high-capacity broadband and
video services.

"Baja's strong network capabilities will enable us to deliver highly
competitive data services, while reducing the need for future capital
investment," added Wittwer.

"Each of our team members has contributed to developing Baja Broadband into a
leading communications operator," said Peter Kahelin, CEO, Baja Broadband.
"TDS Telecom's focus on quality, integrity and outstanding service will
enhance our already strong relationships with our customers, our employees and
our communities."

"This acquisition is an important step in our ongoing efforts to build value
over the long term," said LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., president and CEO, Telephone
and Data Systems. "We continue to seek opportunities to invest our resources
where we believe they can deliver strong returns over time, and expand into
adjacent businesses like cable and hosted and managed services that enable us
to leverage our core competencies to support our strategy to grow profitably."

RBC Capital Markets served as the exclusive M&A advisor to Baja in connection
with this transaction. Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP served as legal counsel to

About Telephone and Data Systems
Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS), a Fortune 500® company, provides
wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to
approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through its business units,
U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecom and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969
and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employed 12,300 people as of Dec. 31, 2012.
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About TDS Telecommunications Corp.
TDS Telecommunications Corp. is the seventh largest local exchange telephone
company in the U.S. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., it is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. For 44 years, the company has
been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment
services in over a hundred rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities
across 32 states. Today, TDS has nearly 1 million customer connections in
service and 2,900 employees. Business customers select from the latest
technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted) phone service, dedicated
high-speed Internet and hosted-managed services. Visit or for more information.

About Baja Broadband
Baja Broadband is a full-service communications company offering best-in-class
residential and commercial video, high-speed internet, and voice services.
Baja is committed to being the leading provider of entertainment, information,
and communication services in the communities it serves. Baja owns and
operates broadband networks in communities within Colorado, New Mexico, Texas
and Utah. Visit for more information.

Baja is currently owned by M/C Partners, a leading private equity firm focused
on communications, media and information technology; and Columbia Capital, a
premier investment firm in wireless, broadband, media and enterprise
technology. Visit and to learn more. Baja is
currently managed by Last Mile Communications, an international management
partnering and telecommunications consulting firm. Visit for more

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successfully complete the transaction and the financial impacts of such
transaction; the ability of the company to successfully manage and grow its
markets; the overall economy; competition; the access to and pricing of
unbundled network elements; the ability to obtain or maintain roaming
arrangements with other carriers on acceptable terms; the state and federal
telecommunications regulatory environment; the value of assets and
investments; adverse changes in the ratings afforded TDS and U.S. Cellular
debt securities by accredited ratings organizations; industry consolidation;
advances in telecommunications technology; uncertainty of access to the
capital markets; pending and future litigation; changes in income tax rates,
laws, regulations or rulings; acquisitions/divestitures of properties and/or
licenses; and changes in customer growth rates, average monthly revenue per
user, churn rates, roaming revenue and terms, the availability of handset
devices, or the mix of products and services offered by U.S. Cellular and TDS
Telecom. Investors are encouraged to consider these and other risks and
uncertainties that are discussed in the Form 8-K Current Report used by TDS to
furnish this press release to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"),
which are incorporated by reference herein.

SOURCE Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.

Contact: Jane McCahon, Vice President, Corporate Relations, Telephone and Data
Systems, +1-312-592-5379,, or DeAnne Boegli, Manager,
Public Relations, TDS Telecommunications Corp., +1-608-664-4428,, or Peter Kahelin, CEO, Baja Broadband,
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