Telephone and Data Systems

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Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
Traded asNYSETDS
S&P 400 Component
IndustryCommunications Services
Headquarters30 North LaSalle
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Key people
LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., President & CEO
ProductsLocal wireline and wireless telecommunication services, Internet services
RevenueDecrease$5.104 billion USD (2016)[1]
Number of employees
9,900[2] (2018)

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. is a Chicago-based telecommunications service company providing wireless products and services; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice services; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide. [3] through its business units TDS Telecom and U.S. Cellular (NYSEUSM) and OneNeck IT Solutions.

The company began as a rural phone company in Wisconsin in 1969. In 1983 it founded U.S. Cellular as a subsidiary. In 2001, it acquired Straus Printing Company and combined it with a previously-acquired printing company, Suttle Press, to form Suttle-Straus as another subsidiary.[4]

LeRoy T. Carlson, the founder of TDS, died in May 2016 at the age of 100.[5]


  1. ^ "TDS Income Statement - Telephone and Data Systems, Inc Stock - Yahoo Finance".
  2. ^ "TDS Profile - Telephone and Data Systems, Inc Stock - Yahoo Finance".
  3. ^ "TDS Reports Fourth Quarter Results" (Press release). Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. 24 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. - About Us - History".
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