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New Tower Helps Economic Development and Public Safety

Annapolis, Mo. (September 15, 2010) – U.S. Cellular recently completed construction of a new cell site in Annapolis to improve call quality for its customers. The 250-foot site will increase U.S. Cellular's coverage in Annapolis and south of Glover along Highway 49, and will also complement U.S. Cellular's statewide network of more than 800 towers.

"Your cell phone is your lifeline to the people who are most important to you," said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. "We're here to keep you connected. With a stronger network, Annapolis and area the surrounding rural areas can also become more competitive in attracting new business."

U.S. Cellular has a team of network engineers who drive all over the coverage area to test signal strength and call quality. The company also listens to customer feedback to determine the best locations for new cell sites.

This new site is part of U.S. Cellular's 3G Mobile Broadband network in Missouri which allows customers to access data on their cell phones 10 times faster than before and at no additional cost. With 3G speeds, browsing the Web on a smartphone is very similar to the experience on a desktop computer. Web pages open faster and customers can send and receive large email attachments. Downloads take less time and picture and video messages are delivered more quickly.

"We need reliable wireless service to protect the health and security of our citizens and public safety personnel," said Associate Iron County Commissioner Dustin Walker. "It is a big help to us when companies like U.S. Cellular expand their networks."

U.S. Cellular has led recent efforts to preserve federal support for rural wireless network development through Connecting Rural America, a coalition of public safety officials, economic development organizations and concerned citizens working for equality in wireless telecommunications. Its goal is to provide rural communities with the same access to wireless technology that urban communities already enjoy.

About U.S. Cellular
The 9,000 associates of U.S. Cellular believe a wireless phone enhances people's lives and a wireless company should be in the business of bringing people together. U.S. Cellular has a wide range of monthly plans, including those with unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited free incoming calls and options to prepay. The company has a growing catalog of phones like the BlackBerry® Bold, the touch-screen LG Tritan and HTC Touch Pro 2 and the Android-powered Samsung Acclaim and HTC Desire, which offer e-mail and Web access. Those features are delivered 10 times faster over U.S. Cellular's 3G Mobile Broadband network. U.S. Cellular believes in the power of the community and has made a commitment to invest more than $4.5 million in teachers and schools during 2009 and 2010. Based in Chicago, the company serves 6.2 million customers across the country. To learn more about the company visit one of its retail stores or You can also check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.